Why are they called St. Lucia buns?
The night of December 13th is called Lussinatt. Legend has it that it was a scary night where light and darkness would fight each other. This night was considered the longest night of the year. This night was the beginning of the Christmas period when the supernatural being Lussi could spread chaos.
It was her job to check that everything was ready for the Christmas celebrations. A black cat always stayed at Lussi’s side. We celebrate St Lucia’s Day on the 13th of December. These two traditions are now mixed together.
Lussekatter i en kurv på et bord.
The name Lucia comes from the Latin word “lucius”, which means shining. The name Lussi comes from old stories. People ate a “lussebit” to protect themselves from evil spirits. They believed that you had to eat something evil to get rid of it.
Why aren’t the buns black since we eat Lussi’s cat? Yellow is a symbol of the light and the sun. The yellow color comes from the spice saffron which is yellow.
En svart katt ligger på en grå sofaen og ser inn i kamera.
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