Saint Lucy's Celebration in Jerusalem
Jerusalem, Israel. 13th December, 2018. The Swedish Theological Institute (STI) in Jerusalem hosts Santa Lucia Day celebrations commemorating Lucia of Syracuse (283-304), Saint Lucy, Saint Lucia, or Sancta Lucia. The feast has become a festival of light, particularly celebrated in Scandinavian countries, where young girls traditionally dressed in white with a red sash, carry palms and wear wreaths of candles on their heads. STI, founded in 1951, is situated in central Jerusalem in Bet Tavor, constructed by Conrad Schick in 1882 and houses the Chapel of St. Bridget.