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St. Lucy's Day (or Sankta Lucia) is the 13 December, celebrated in Sweden by choirs of young girls - or family members - dressed as you see here, singing and handing out rolls and other goodies.  At the end of the event - here at 7.30 a.m. in the University of Borås, they collect for variouis charities.  I'm not usually in Sweden this late in the year, so it was a good opportunity to experience a traditional event.

 

 

StLucysDay.jpg

 

St. Lucy's Day (or Sankta Lucia) is the 13 December, celebrated in Sweden by choirs of young girls - or family members - dressed as you see here, singing and handing out rolls and other goodies.  At the end of the event - here at 7.30 a.m. in the University of Borås, they collect for variouis charities.  I'm not usually in Sweden this late in the year, so it was a good opportunity to experience a traditional event.

 

 

comments (10)

A candle is learning on the girl in the middle--yikes!
Tom Wilson: Well, it survived the event - and so did she smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 24 Jan 2017, 00:33
Are we talking Fertility Rituals, Tom?
Tom Wilson: Read all about it, Ray: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lucy's_Day#Sweden
It must've been very special to observe!
Tom Wilson: It was - we have nothing of the kind at this time of year.
Never heard of St Lucy, I hope those candles are safe..
Tom Wilson: Read all about it, Frank: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lucy's_Day#Sweden
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Jan 2017, 06:30
Splendid stuff, I have heard of this tradition Tom
Tom Wilson: It's not really such an old tradition, it seems: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lucy's_Day#Sweden
  • Anne
  • France
  • 24 Jan 2017, 08:28
I love that day, I remember the song!
Tom Wilson: It was a very nice occasion - even if I did have to get up too early smile
Well good luck to that lady as she tries to get the wax out of her hair Tom.
Tom Wilson: She seemed to survive the event smile
Candles burning on one's head is a bit ridiculous. With modern battery operated candle, ok but in the past it is crazy. Is this aq way to sacrifice a virgin?
Tom Wilson: Given the Swedes concern for safety, I don't think she was at risk, Mary - the candles are securely lodged in a circlet that goes round the head and, in spite of that tilting candle, seems pretty secure!
le respect de la tradition!! amitiés
Tom Wilson: Vraiment, Jean - merci!
That candelabra on her head looks a bit dangerous Tom
Tom Wilson: I'm sure it was checked out by the local health and safety guy smile In any event, nothing came amiss and she went off safely.

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