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12-05-2018

Saint Lucia's Day

lighted candle

Saint Lucia's Day, or Luciadage, takes place on December 13 every year. It is a day that is celebrated in all of the Scandinavian countries each modifying the celebrations according to the country's local traditions. Saint Lucia was a martyr, who helped bring food to persecuted Christians. She is depicted as wearing all white, a red sash around her waist and a candle lit wreath on her head. This was done as a way to light her path and able to carry as much food as possible. 

It is originally a Swedish celebration that was first celebrated on December 13, 1944 in Denmark. There are processions with children partaking in it and commemorating Saint Lucia. It is tradition that the eldest daughter in the family will wear a white robe in the morning along with a wreath of candles on her head. She offers special Lucia buns, coffee and mulled wine to her parents. 

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