Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sainte Lucie (luciadag)

Santa Lucia is celebrated on December 13th and in southern Sweden and Denmark (at least around here), this festival is not quite like any other. Indeed, tradition dictates that girls dress in white and sing (more or less nicely) the "Song of Lucy". One of them (most often one that has the most Facebook friends :-) has the right to personify the saint and wear a crown of candles.
Lucia was a sicilian martyr, so every modern Lucia has the chance to share his suffering thanks to the hot wax dripping from the crown ... For less barbaric people, there are electric candles.
We had the opportunity to attend a parade in Tivoli last year, we hoped that the girls had a wool tee-shirt under their white dress! At least, we could warm up with a good æblegløgg!

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