Today we celebrate Lucia in Sweden. Which means that across Sweden you can hear and see Lucia march and sing carols with her entourage of maidens - tärnor and star boys - stjärngossar. On this day we also eat Lucia cats (see my previous post Lucia cats all over the place for more info about these buns).
Here in Karlskrona we choose a Lucia every year to represent our city. Her job is to visit different places around Karlskrona and sing. Tonight it was time for Lucia and her entourage to sing at our town square, Stortorget. So to town I went, even though it was freezing outside! Traditions, traditions, lol!
Below are some pics from this evening, and a short video of Lucia and company singing a traditional Lucia song called "Natten går tunga fjät".
Originally our Lucia celebration is based on the saint Lucia, a holy virgin of the 200's who lived in Syracuse, Sicily. However, her destiny to be killed for her Christian faith has nothing to do with our Swedish Lucia tradition. Actually, our current Lucia tradition did not emerge until the late 1800s. But as long as the Julian calendar was used, the solstice fell on December 13, and Lucia was also a harbinger of better times and longer days. Sources: nordiskamuseet.se, historiesajten.se
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