… so begins the traditional Swedish Saint Lucia song. Like you might be aware, today is Saint Lucia day over here. I have to say I’ve never quite understood why we celebrate Saint Lucia here, she was an Italian saint, but Scandinavia is the only place where we celebrate her. Weird… But I’m glad we do here, ’cause I think it’s a nice tradition. 🙂
The most important thing for Lucia is of course the singing, the white dress and the crown with cranberry leaves and candles. They have Lucia processions everywhere on this day; schools, hospitals, work places. Every town or city has it’s own Lucia, people can vote for who hey think should be the Lucia. It’s quite a big thing.
Another very important thing are the saffron buns! Those are an absolute MUST for Lucia! So consequently I am making some right now, the dough is rising on the table beside me as I write this. They are, just as the name implies, buns with saffron in them. Traditionally they should be a specific shape and have two raisins in them (two raisins that I always take, I can’t stand them; yuck!).
If you want to have a more thorough explanation of what Saint Lucia is about you can read more here.
I found this short yotube clip from a Lucia celebration they filmed for TV a few years ago. I just thought it was so nicely made and has a good old-fashioned Swedish Christmas feel to it. Gives you an idea of what it can look like. Though unfortunately it doesn’t usually include a horse and carriage. 😉
Hope you enjoyed!