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Santa Lucia

Santa Lucia

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Santa Lucia

December 13th is St. Lucia’s Day. Alongside midsummer, it’s one of the most cherished ancient celebrations in Sweden.

The story harks back to peasant life, where the cold and dark of winter had to be endured for survival. In the freezing night, Lucia was a mythical figure who wandereed from village to village, a crown of candles in her hair, spreading light into the poor, dark Swedish winter homes.

To this day, being chosen to be ‘Lucia’ in your school or community is seen as a great honour, and you then lead the choir with your glowing crown and long white gown as you walk through the December night singing her hymn.

“Darkness shall take flight soon, from earth’s valleys.

So she speaks wonderful words to us:

a new day will rise again From the rosy sky…

Santa Lucia, Santa Lucia!”

Swedes are also obsessed with having the right fika (a tradition of Swedish coffee, pastry & quality time) for their Lucia celebrations.

 

On this day, ‘Lucia Fika’ is always saffron-flavoured lussekatter – sweet buns shaped like an “S” with raisins.

 

And it wouldn’t be Lucia without washing it all down with a hot cup of glögg (mulled wine) or coffee.

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