Lucia is here!

Ever wondered why supermarkets are selling Saffron buns (popularly called ‘Lussekatter’) now and not always. It is because St Lucy’s Day is here. Come the 13th of December, Swedes celebrate Lucia with a special atmosphere where the lights are dimmed and the sound of the children singing. A person impersonating Lucia wears a crown of electric candles in a wreath on her head. Each of her handmaidens carries a candle.

Alongside Midsummer, the Lucia celebrations represent one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden, with their clear reference to life in the peasant communities of old: darkness and light, cold and warmth. Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters.

I would highly recommend you to watch a Lucia performance in any of the cathedrals!

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