Santa Lucia – Saint Lucia’s Day
In Denmark, Saint Lucia’s Day is celebrated on December 13 as a yearly local event in most churches, nursing homes, hospital, schools and day-cares.
The tradition, which is of Swedish origin, was first celebrated in 1944 as an attempt to bring light in a time of darkness. Implicitly it was meant as a passive protest against the German’s occupation during the Second World War but it has been a tradition ever since.
Today, Saint Lucia’s day has been happily embraced and adopted by children in Denmark. In schools and day-cares, children often perform for their parents. A small group, mostly girls, processes along the corridors while singing the ‘Santa Lucia’-song. The girls are dressed in white, holding a candle, and the Lucia Bride, who leads the procession, carries a wreath with candles.
On December 11, you can experience a classic Lucia parade, when students from the Royal Academy of Music in Aarhus perform at 12.30 pm in the square in front of Musikhuset, at Thomas Jensens Allé 2, Aarhus C.
The event is free and you can check it out here (Danish only)!