St:Lucia


It is weird!
Being a Heathen one still has feelings to certain celebrations that (at least today) has a clearly Christian motif and miss them if you dont get them.

Today (Dec 13) is the celebration of St:Lucia, celebrated with a singing procession. This ritual goes back to the fact that Sweden was Catholic once (it is Lutheran now) and secular or simply non Christian people often appriciate it too.

There are Heathen remnants in that as with much else here, for instance there are often a couple of “tomtar” in the procession (land vaettir) and pastry referred to as “Lucy cats” (Freya?) are eaten.

In traditional celebrations, Saint Lucy comes as a young woman with lights and sweets. It is one of the few saint days observed in Scandinavia. In some forms, a procession is headed by one girl wearing a crown of candles (or lights), while others in the procession hold only a single candle each.

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