Lucia

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Hi,

I hope you are well! It is still November and we have just celebrated Thanksgiving with friends, lots of good food.

I am part of SWEA and the Swedish School in NJ, last weekend we arranged a Christmas fair, with Lucia pageants. It is a tradition in Sweden for young boys and girls to dress up in nightgowns and sing in churches and schools. They bring light and sweet bread.

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Saint Lucia’s Day is really on 13 December, in Advent. Her feast once coincided with the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year before calendar reforms, so her feastday has become a festival of light.[1][2] [3] St. Lucia’s Day is celebrated most commonly in Scandinavia, where it is a major feast day, and even in Italy with each emphasizing a different aspect of the story. This feast is particularly seen the in Scandinavian countries, with their long dark winters. There, a young girl dressed in a white dress and a red sash (as the symbol of martyrdom) carries palms and wears a crown or wreath of candles on her head. In both Norway and Sweden, girls dressed as Lucy carry rolls and cookies in procession as songs are sung. It is said that to vividly celebrate St. Lucy’s Day will help one live the long winter days with enough light.

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It was sweet and appreciated among the guests visiting the Christmas fair.

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Thank you for reading, I wish you a wonderful Friday!

Camilla

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