|"Winter's Prayer: Cardinal" acrylic painting 41 x 33 cm|
This is my older sister Alex, whom I have painted with her spirit bird the Cardinal dressed with the traditional St. Lucia crown of candles.
Though no Swedish person could tell me themselves why they celebrate her death on December 13th every year - I looked it up myself! *cough* Ive taken this from Wikipedia so bare with me :P:
Basically she was a Christian who vowed herself to God back in the day where Pagans were the majority. Her Pagan husband denounced her for her faith sentenced her to be burned, however no flame could consume her.
The candles on her crown symbolize that fire that couldnt touch her. I believe her eyes were stabbed out by her husband, and she was stabbed in the throat by a soldier (very bloody, hence the red ribbons lucia girls wear) but she was only able to die once she recieved the Christian sacrament.
Now this is a really choppy version of her story.
In modern day Sweden one girl from each town is picked to portray Lucia - and parade around in her crown for a day (always the most beautiful of course!)
Which is why my beautiful older sister was perfect for this :D
Hope you all enjoyed that history lesson lol.
Here are some close up photos and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! :D!!