Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Saint Lucia

Last year I discovered a beautiful tradition from Sweden that I promised to myself tell you all about it this year. Sain Lucia Day or Lucy is the official start of the Holiday season and it's the commemoration of the life of a girl of the same name.
 

The celebration is rooted in Catholic and Lutheran medieval traditions and some pagan as well. On December 13, a girl named Lucia was burned for her beliefs and became a celebration that revolved around the winter solstice.
 

It's pagan roots come from the folklore belief that goblins and evel powers came out to play around the winter solstice. People were especially careful to guard themselves from these creatures and held feasts because they didn't know their future.
 

Today's celebration has lived on and become something really to look at. The ceremony is presided by a girl dressed up in a white gown with a wreath decorated with candles on her head. They hold parades all over the country singing Lucia songs and Carols.


Of course there is food involved in this celebration and it's called Lussebulle or Lucia Bun, which is a safron infues bun decorated with raisins that goes perfectly with a warm drink {maybe mulled wine!} that makes you feel very Christmasy. If you live near a Lutheran Swedish Church or there's a Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish or German community you might catch one f these celebrations.
 
Have a beautiful day!

20 comments:

  1. I've seen pictures of it before and was in a way aware of it, but never really knew the meaning. Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely day xo

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  2. This sounds wonderful...love all the clothes and traditions...thanks so much for sharing!! xx

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  3. Thanks for sharing this with us. I've been staring at the pictures wondering how the girl doesn't just spatter wax all over her hair as well...

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  4. My very good friend is Swedish and I remember her telling me about this awesome tradition:) Those photos are dreamy. Muah

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  5. I had no idea that's what the tradition is all about. And those buns? Heavenly. With Saffron? I'm dying!

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  6. Ive heard of it, but never seen such lovely photos. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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  7. Wow, the candle headgear is pretty cool. What an interesting celebration.

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  8. I was in a wonderful high school choir, and our holiday programs often included hymns to St Lucia–they were some of my favorites!

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  9. I am always fond of hearing stories like this one, its so intriguing learning about different traditions and holidays.

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  10. i love this lucia-thing. that's something i miss about sweden! snief.

    kissboombang, lilly.
    Bonnie + Kleid

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  11. Love this! I didn't know anything about it!

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  12. This is a beautiful story!


    XX,
    Miranda

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  13. Happy lucia event! this is my first time to hear about it when I moved to Sweden. It seems very nice! I had to blog about it in my Arabic blog so I help share other countries cultures.

    Cheers http://hind-toufga.blogspot.se/

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  14. It would be something to witness this celebration!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  15. Wow, I've never heard of this. What gorgeous pictures. xo

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  16. love the wreath with candles! the girl is really brave for wearing that. I never heard of this before! Thanks for sharing such amazing tradition :)

    Caroline
    http://missoline.blogspot.com

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  17. oh wao! So interesting.....I love how I always learn something when I stop by. xx

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  18. This is so so interesting. I love learning traditions and stories from abroad.
    Best Regards
    Miss Margaret Cruzemark
    http://margaretcruzemark.blogspot.com/

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