Santa Lucia Day is marked with a candlelight procession, traditional song, and traditional food. According to a Swedish cultural website, "alongside Midsummer, the Lucia celebrations represent one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden, with their clear reference to life in the peasant communities of old: darkness and light, cold and warmth."
|Lucia leads the procession with her crown of candles|
In Sweden, while there are processions and pageants in town, smaller celebrations also happen in the home, when the eldest girl brings her parents Lussekatter (saffron bread) and coffee in bed.
|Traditional Lussekatter (click for recipe)|
|Swedish Glogg is a warm, spiced wine, great for cold nights|