Dec. 13 - St. Luca's Day

What is the St. Luca’s Day?

December 13 is celebrated as the day for St. Luca (also known as St. Lúcia). Historically, in villages across Hungary, men would begin to carve a stool from wood on this day with the intent to finish just before Christmas. If stood upon during the Christmas church service, the carvers of the stools would be able to identify which members of the congregation were witches. However, detection of a witch meant that the witch would immediately attempt to catch the villager who spotted her. The villager, running from the witch, was supposed to spread grain or seeds to prevent the witch from catching him. For this reason, makers of the Luca stool would carry a bag of millet or poppy seeds with them to church on this day.