On Sunday December 13, Swedish St Lucia Day was celebrated at the Christmas Fair of the Shanghai Center. A Swedish-Chinese Lucia procession with singing and candlelight was held for the hundreds of people including around 30 Swedish alumni that had gathered. The event was organized by the Consulate General of Sweden in Shanghai with Swedish and local partners aiming to bring Swedish traditions to Shanghai and to celebrate the end of the United Nations year of light. Read more » >>
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Figures symbolising Lucia procession Photo: Birger Schlaug
Everybody who has been in Sweden in December around Christmas time, has for sure noticed the procession of girls, dressed in long white gowns. According to tradition all the girls should have a green wreath on the head, long loose hair, a red textile waistband and a candle, shining in the hands. The procession is led by a girl called Lucia. Lucia has a special wreath on her head with burning candles. Usually it is the eldest daughter of the family, who is chosen to be Lucia. The 13th of December is widely celebrated every year in Swedish families, schools and churches. Children make a Lucia procession at schools and every year school girls are competing to be the year’s Lucia. Lucia chorus can be heard in the majority of Swedish churches, where children sing traditional Lucia songs.
In schools all over the country, girls and boys with white nightgowns are being prepared to sing well-known traditional songs of Lucia and Christmas in front of very proud parents.We hope that you, as a former Swedish student/researcher or worker has not forgotten this very joyful day – probably the only day that its ok to walk around in a white gone outside in the streets during this weather, no matter if you are a boy/man or a girl/woman.
Feel free to watch the film Swedish Lucia for Dummies below to find out how we, over here in Sweden, are celebrating Lucia today.
Visit this page to see if your Swedish embassy are celebrating Lucia today: http://www.swedenabroad.com/