12 Facts About Lucy

1. In small towns, a parade with Saint Lucy is held the evening of the 12th when she goes through the main streets of the town munching sweets and candy from her cart, always together with her donkey.

2. Lucy was represented in Gothic art holding a dish with two eyes on it.

3. Saint Lucy is the patron saint of the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, one of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles.

4. St Lucy is the patroness of Syracuse in Sicily, Italy.

5. Lucy arranged Lucy's marriage to a young man of a wealthy pagan family.

6. In medieval accounts, Saint Lucy's eyes are gouged out prior to her execution.

7. Lucy was exhibited at the Discovery Times Square Exposition in New York City from June until October 2009.

8. Cranial evidence recovered from Lucy is far less derived than her postcranium.

9. Lucy had a lordose curve, or lumbar curve, another indicator of habitual bipedalism.

10. Lucy became famous worldwide, and the story of her discovery and reconstruction was published in a book by Johanson.

11. Lucy was discovered in 1974 in Africa, near the village Hadar in the Awash Valley of the Afar Triangle in Ethiopia, by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

12. Lucy is an English and French feminine given name derived from Latin masculine given name Lucius with the meaning as of light.