December 13th is the Saints Day of Santa Llúcia and as we're in the lead up to Christmas is an excuse for fairs and festivals throughout Catalonia and the Catalan-speaking countries.
Llúcia of Siracuse, known as Santa Llúcia, was born in Siracuse in Sicily in 283 AD and is venerated as a saint in both the Catholic and Orthodox churches.
Little is known about her life except that she was martyred during Diocletian's persection of the Christians in AD 304 and her cult became popular until she was canonised in the 6th century.
Santa Llúcia is patron saint of the poor and the blind and her festival marks the beginning of the Christmas period in Catalonia, at least.
December 13th is the Saints Day of Santa Llúcia and as we're in the lead up to the festive season, the day is traditionally an excuse for Christmas fairs and markets throughout Catalonia, including Barcelona's celebrated Fira de Santa Llúcia.
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