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Swedish Lucia for Dummies

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Published on Dec 10, 2012

Lucia Day (St. Lucy's Day) – a feast of candlelit processions, saffron buns, mulled wine and talking animals. Here's how to make the most of it.

Lucia is celebrated on 13 December. Sankta Lucia (St. Lucy’s Day) is celebrated most commonly in Scandinavia, where it is a major feast day. Here in Scandinavia, she is represented as a woman in a white dress and red sash with a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In Sweden, girls dressed as Lucia (Lucy) carry rolls and cookies in procession as songs are sung. Boys take part in the procession as well, playing different roles associated with Christmas.

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