mandag 13. desember 2010

Santa Lucia

Celebrated on December 13th Santa Lucia is an important prequel 
to Christmas in many parts of the world.

The name Lucy or Lucia, from the latin root "lux", means light.  
St Lucy's Day, used to be celebrated at  the winter solstice which 
marked the reappearance of the sun in the very north. 
She is the patron saint of the blind and those with eye problems.

Scandinavia Luciadagen Lucia Day, marks the beginning of Christmas in 
Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland. 
Traditionally the eldest girl in the family wears a white dress 
with a red sash and a crown of lighted candles. 
At dawn she wakes the rest of the family with hot coffee and Lussekatter saffron buns. 

SANTA LUCIA, one of the most famous Neapolitan songs, 
is an ode dedicated to the city of Naples and to the Santa Lucia area 
which faces the Gulf of Naples.

The lyrics are the words of a boatman describing the view from Santa Lucia: 
It is night and the moon is reflected in the sea. 
He tells us of the indescribable magic that one can feel 
while watching the boats in the sea; how they sail softly, driven by a gentle breezes. 
The boatman invites people to board his boat saying 
how you will admire the sea and the city of Naples.

Sul mare luccica
L'astro d'argento
Placida è l'onda
Prospero il vento;
Venite all'agile
Barchetta mia;
Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!

Con questo zeffiro
Così soave,
Oh, come è bello
Star sulla nave.
Su passeggeri,
Venite via;
Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!

In' fra le tende
Bandir la cena,
In una sera
Così serena.

Chi non dimanda,
Chi non desia;
Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!

Mare sì placido,
vento sì caro,
Scordar fa i triboli
Al marinaio.
E va gridando
Con allegria:
Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!

O dolce Napoli,
O suol beato,
Ove sorridere
Volle il creato,
Tu sei l'impero
Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!

Or che tardate?
Bella è la sera;
Spira un'auretta
Fresca e leggiera;
Venite all'agile
Barchetta mia;
Santa Lucia! Santa Lucia!

(T. Cottrau - Longo 1835)