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Lucia - a Swedish celebration of light

Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters. The annual candlelit Lucia procession on 13th of December is perhaps one of the more exotic-looking Swedish Christmas traditions, with girls and boys clad in white full-length gowns singing songs together.

Lucia − the bearer of light

Celebrated annually, on the morning of the 13th of December, Lucia is a Swedish Christmas tradition that celebrates light, hope and kindness. It is a very atmospheric event involving Christmassy treats and a singing line-up of candle-carrying characters dressed (mostly) in white gowns. These tuneful “Luciatåg” processions – led by Lucia herself – play out on national TV and in kindergartens, schools, care homes, churches and offices across the country. Waiting in anticipation, the audience’s first sign that the Lucia procession are nearing is a mellow chorus approaching from the distance, followed by soft light cutting through the pre-dawn darkness.

Lucia Greetings from Leksand

Everyone at Ejendals in Sweden would like to send warm and bright Lucia greetings to our co-workers and business partners around the world.
We would also like to give a friendly reminder regarding fire safety at home and work. During December and January there are more fires than during the rest of the year.

  • Never leave burning candles unattended
  • Make sure that your smoke detectors has fresh batteries
  • Keep a fire blanket close at hand when cooking

Swedish Lucia – the origins

Lucia Day – also called Saint Lucy’s day – can be traced back to the 4th century. A Christian feast day, it commemorates the martyr Lucia of Syracuse, who, as legend has it, brought food to Christians hiding in Roman catacombs, lighting her way with a candlelit wreath on her.
The 13 December was the historic Julian calendar’s shortest day, and according to Swedish folklore, the long night was dangerous, with dark spirits out in force.
Lucia made her first recorded appearance in a Swedish rural home in 1764, but the custom really established itself in the 1900s. Learn more about Swedish Lucia traditions here >>
For a less elegant, but funnier explanation of Lucia. Please watch the video instead.

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