Lichen hunting 地衣類ハンティング

DSC_2805DSC_2818That almost all countries where Christmas is celebrated have their own strange traditions goes without saying. But how many of them include going to the forest hunting for lichen? Well, a Swedish one do. So, last weekend my sisters and I hit the forest to search for and pick lichen. The weather was great and the afternoon sun made the forest look really beautiful.
クリスマスを祝いする国のほとんどは其々の変なクリスマス習慣があるんだろう。でも、その中、どれが地衣類関係なの?スウェーデンのだよ!ということで、先週末お姉さん達と森に地衣類を探しに行った。晴れのきれいな天気で森はとても美しかった!    DSC_2812DSC_2815DSC_2809DSC_2822DSC_2804You can’t use just use any lichen. It has to be raindeer lichen (yes it’s actually called that way). But just any raindeer lichen isn’t ok. It even has to be the specific version called window lichen – which looks like cute fluffy hills!
地衣類の何でもいいと言い訳ないし。トナカイ地衣類じゃなければならない!(本当にRaindeer地衣類というんだもん!)しかも、普通のトナカイ地衣類だけで十分じゃない、特別な窓トナカイ地衣類じないとだめ!窓トナカイ地衣類のほうは小山見たいに丸くて可愛い!
DSC_2828DSC_2823DSC_2827So, what do we use this lichen for? Actually, we put it in a special candle holder with 4 candles, one for each of the four Sundays before Christmas. First week you light one candle, second week you light the first plus the second candle and so on. It’s a tradition which has been around forever and I can’t imagine Christmas without it really. When you light the first candle, you really get the Christmas feeling coming =)
でも、その地衣類で何をするの?何で集める?実は、特別なろうそく立てに置く。ろうそくが4本があって、クリスマスの前の四つの日曜日を示す。最初の日曜日に、ろうそくを一本ともす。そして第二番の日曜日に一本目と二本目のろうそくをとましてそのまま続ける。とても古い習慣でそのろうそく立て無しのクリスマスを想像できない。最初のろうそくをとますと本当にクリスマスの雰囲気が来る!
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