Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Lucia


Yesterday was Lucia Day, which is one of the most important dates during Swedish advent. It is traditional for the girl of the family to dress as Lucia in a long white dress, red sash and a crown of lingonberry twigs and candles, and bring lussekatter (saffron buns) and coffee to the rest of the family while they are in bed (ooops , forgot to do that!). Many towns and schools elect their own Lucia, who with her followers (tärnorna) leads a procession while singing 'Sankta Lucia' and other Christmas songs. Above is Trollhättans Lucia and below is Lucia from the school where I work. I'll have to try and learn the words to the song and get myself elected next year!

The celebration is a mixture of remembrance of Saint Lucia, who was a Catholic Sicilian martyr, and a pagan tradition of bringing food to those less fortunate during the long dark winter.

3 Comments:

At 10:02 AM, Blogger Connie and Rob said...

What a heartwarming tradition. Thank you so much for sharing. Looking forward to you getting involved next year and seeing pictures.

Connie

 
At 1:50 AM, Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said...

Thank you for showing us your tradition.

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger Sonia said...

What a beautiful tradition, Helen!
Just now I saw this Santa Lucia Days on Britt-Arnhild blog. Did you know her? Her address is:
http://brittarnhildshouseinthewoods.typepad.com/brittarnhilds_house_in_th/

Thanks so much for your nice comment on my blog.

I wish to you and your family a lovely, peaceful and Merry Christmas!

 

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