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Saint Lucy’s Day Pt. 2

Did you like how we celebrated St. Lucy’s Day (or Lucia in Swedish)? Well, there were major representations all around Stockholm and probably all Sweden. As you may have read, making Swedish friends takes (most of the times) patience and perseverance; nonetheless, when you’ve made one, you most probably can assume that he or she will be a good friend for life. I’ve got lucky here in Sweden and I can say that I’ve made quiet a few local friends; the good part of this, insight on all major celebrations. As a matter of fact and as a continuation of Sindu’s post on Santa Lucia, I got invited by my friends to this famous representation of this festivity at Storkyrkan, also called St. Nichola’s Church, in Gamla Stan.

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Storkyrkan, Stockholm. Credits to Christer Malmberg, 2018

So as you’ll see next, what’s for sure that will happen on December 13th? Well, it will be dark, and it will be cold! Haha but of course you’ll be expose to this festivity no matter of you are a actually living here or just visiting. Santa Lucia happens all around the city, churches, schools, libraries, houses, etc. so the probability of you seeing a teenager girl with candles on her head is quiet high! Now, watch this video for a quick crash course on what to expect during this day!

Going back now to St. Nichola’s Church representation, it was simply GREAT! The church is quiet big and it was packed of people enjoying the quire singing all the Swedish songs, but an interesting thing to remark, was that all singer were teenagers and kids; so I asked my friends afterwards about this and they told me that most if not all of the Swedish kids join the quire to sing in this kind of events. My friends were super excited telling me all these amazing stories and how happy they were when Lucia’s day came. What I found challenging was all these kiddos with actual candles on and well, Lucia girl with lighted candles on her head too! The old and responsable adult Fernando thought “oh my God, this is dangerous” but then I looked around and saw a couple of women carrying some buckets with water just in case! 

Chosen girl to represent Lucia at Storkyrkan Lucia’s event.

What do you think about this festivity? Would you feel like participating in a Lucia representation haha? Don’t forget to comment!

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