Get Together Thursday 5th of December
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If you haven’t experienced one of the Swedish traditions yourself, maybe you have read about it in one of the many Astrid Lindgren books. There’s a lot of them, and they all have one common denominator – there’s a lot of singing, in or out of tone. The Midsummer party is celebrating the longest day but also love and dance, the crayfish party is a festivity marking the end of the summer and the rotten fish party Surströmming is for the really tough ones.
This year we would like for you to get to know our Lucia tradition.
Lucia − the bearer of light
Alongside Midsummer, the Lucia celebrations on the 13th of December represents one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden, with their clear reference to life in the old peasant communities of old: darkness and light, cold and warmth. Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters.
Dressed as Lucia’s maidens, in flowing white gowns, each girl holds a candle and wears a wreath of glowing candles in her hair. Witness the charm of the children solemnly proceeding through cities, towns and churches, giving out saffron buns and singing Lucia’s beautiful melodies, dressed as gingerbread men, elves and stjärngossar.
Nobel laureates are honored with a Lucia procession. The morning of the Nobel Award Ceremony and banquet the laureates are woken by a glowing figure of beauty, goodness and light sweetly singing. Today the Lucia of Jämtland will celebrate here in the Mediacenter together with you.
Pictures: Jämtlands Lucia, Visit Sweden (imagebank.sweden.se), Cecilia Larsson-Lantz, Emelie Asplund and Ola Ericson