People of Sweden get into the festive season of Christmas on 13th December with the annual Sankta Lucia Procession which takes place in Stockholm.
The annual candlelit Sankta Lucia Procession is perhaps one of the more exotic-looking Swedish customs where in girls and boys clad in white full-length gowns singing songs together.
Among the youngest, anyone can be Lucia; as the children get older, the competition will harden.
Tradition has it that Lucia is to wear ‘light in her hair’, which in practice means a crown of electric candles in a wreath on her head. Each of her handmaidens carries a candle, too. Parents gather in the dark with their mobile cameras at the ready.
In Swedish culture, Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters.
In other parts of the world the day is celebrated as Saint Lucy’s Day.
About Saint Lucy’s Day :
Saint Lucia’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Lucia, is a Christian feast day celebrated on 13 December in Advent, commemorating Saint Lucia, a 3rd-century martyr under the Diocletianic Persecution, who according to legend brought “food and aid to Christians hiding in the catacombs” using a candle-lit wreath to “light her way and leave her hands free to carry as much food as possible.”
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