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Lucia 13 December
Both in English and Swedish. Både på engelska och svenska.
This article is mostly aimed for my English spoken blog readers and friends, but perhaps also something for my Swedish followers, as there probably won’t be a lot of celebration this year, due to covid19.
Swedish Lucia is celebrated on the 13 of December. It’s not a bank holiday, but celebrated all over the country, mostly in the morning and in the evening. It’s celebrated in schools, workplaces, old peoples home, at airports, in shopping centres, at home, everywhere. Every town or bigger village have got their own Lucia.
It’s no religious celebration, but is often performed in churches, lots of space and good acoustics.
Here are a few Youtube videos for you to understand what it is all about. Choose which ones you want to watch and listen to!
Forget Health and Safety when you watch this. This is in Sweden, not in UK. We love to keep to our traditions and don’t let regulations come between having a great time and safety!
The songs are traditional Lucia and Christmas songs.
13 minutes, from a church in Stockholm.
A typical evening performance in a crowded church.
A shorter video, also from a church.
Lucia in a school. Could be which ever school, it is celebrated in all schools.
Run the first 2 minutes, after that just an interview in Swedish.
Start after 1.30 minutes and run it for 2 or 3 minutes. The children are so sweet!
From a nursery where parents, grandparents, neighbours, everyone are welcome.
From Swedish church in London.
The group always consists of a Lucia, dressed in a long white dress and a crown with candles on her head. She is followed by girls, as well dressed in long white dresses, and holding a candle in their hands. All have as well a red ribbon round their waist. Who will be the Lucia used to be like a competition. I don’t know if it is still the same or has changed.
By tradition Lucia is always a girl, often with long blond hair, but more and more boys have protested, so lately I have even seen boys as Lucia.
Lucia can also be followed by boys with white pointy hats. The boys are called stjärngossar, star boys, as they often hold a golden star in their hands. Even pepparkaksgubbar, ginger bread boys, are included as well as boys dressed as Father Christmas…
…traditionally we eat ”lussekatter”, buns with saffron and pepparkakor, gingerbread. To drink is glögg, mulled wine, with or without alcohol. All this together is called lussefika. Fika is a very good Swedish word. If you go to Google translate it is translated as coffee, which in wrong. Fika includes something to drink, often hot, and some snack or sandwich or cake.
Lucia is commemorated in the other Scandinavian countries as well, but not as much as in Sweden, where it is a big day!
Lucia was a saint from Syracuse on Sicily in Italy. She was a Christian young girl born in the late 300th century and died as a martyr 304. The name Lucia comes from the Latin word lux, meaning light.
I love this tradition and miss it a lot. All this candles and beautiful songs when everything is dark out there. Brightens everything up!
Probably not a lot of celebrations this year.
Lucia in Swedish
Lucia firas inte alls i UK. De allra flesta har inte en aning om vad det är. Så gissa att jag saknar detta!
En fantastisk tradition för att ge ljus under den mörka årstiden, inte bara ljuset utan också sången är viktig.
Det firas Lucia lite här och där i UK där det finns gott om svenskar. Det är alltså svenskarna här som drar igång detta och inte britterna, fast när de ser det blir de ofta imponerade.
Trevlig Lucia till er alla!