Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Santa Lucia

Santa Lucia is celebrated all over Sweden and Norway on December 13th. It is customly celebrated with a girl (mainly eldest daughter in a family) dressed in a white gown with a red sash, wearing an evergreen wreath with candles on her head.

She is followed by a number of girl attendants, also dressed in white with one candle in hand.

There are also boys, "star-boys", participating in the ceremony. They too are dressed in white gowns and they wear pointed caps.

The Lucia wakes up her family by bringing a tray of coffee
and buns (called "lussekatter"- translates to Lucia Cats ).
Hotels often honor their guests with early Lucia breakfast this day.

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