Danish traditions: Santa Lucia

On December 13 Saint Lucia‘s Day is celebrated.

This tradition actually comes from southern Sweden, but has been happily embraced and adopted by children in Denmark.

The festival celebrates a martyr, Sancta Lucia, and features a stunning procession of girls dressed in white carrying candles in their hands. The procession is accompanied by the Lucia song, and headed by the Lucia Queen, who wears a crown of candles on her head.

St. Lucia’s Day is a fusion of several traditions. A variant is that Lucia distributed food to the beggars in time for the New Year’s fast, which started on the 13th of December in what was then Catholic Sweden. Lucia had to bear the candles on her head because she needed to use both hands to carry the food.

Read more information about other traditions in Denmark on our Website and also

in the Worktrotter's Guide to Denmark
The Worktrotter's Guide to Denmark

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