Today is the Advent celebration of Saint Lucy’s Day, it is a festival of light. Lucy translates Lux or light, and her day occurs at the darkest time of year. Today also is the second day of Hanukkah, a festival of light.
Saint Lucy’s day is full of traditions, especially in Nordic countries. Hungary has the tradition of plants pot of wheat on this day. By Christmas that wheat will sprout to several centimeters in length, symbolic of the infant in the manger and the Body of Christ present in the Eucharist.
Next Sunday is Gaudete Sunday.