December 14

Yesterday, December 13,  was the day for the traditional Santa Lucia procession. I was hoping to see one of the many processions, and take new photos, but didn´t get the chance. I have to show you some which I took two years ago. It doesn´t realy matter how old they are, it is always done the same way.

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14 comments so far

  1. Reggie on

    What is the tradition of the Lucia procession? Is this a particularly Danish custom?

    • Giiid on

      The tradition is connected to the longest night of the year, which was the night between 12th and 13th December in the old Julian calender system. With the Gregorian calender system that is used today, the longest night is between 21th and 22th December.

      We didn´t use Lucia processions before around 1940 in Denmark, the inspiration came from Sweden which have been celebrating this night for centuries. There is stories from the 1700 century, telling about white dressed women, almost looking like angels, who turned up in the night with food and light, while singing.

      One can imagine how a long dark night could cause worries of many kind, and that an angel with light would be welcome

      The name of this day is Santa Lucia, a virgin from sicily in Italy who in the year 304 were martyred. She gave her life to God and helped the poor. A traditionel Lucia procession will be a lot of white dressed children with lights, led by the Lucia bride who offers small cakes. In Sweden they have named the small cakes “Lussebread”.

      • Reggie on

        Ohh! That is fascinating! A well-told story, thank you for explaining it so clearly, Birgitte.

  2. montucky on

    What an interesting tradition!

  3. cindydyer on

    Hey, isn’t that an IKEA store, Birgitte? It’s one of our favorite places to shop!

    • Giiid on

      Hi Cindy. It is, we have 2 Ikeas in Copenhagen area. They are well visited, especially by familys with small children, they like to use the restaurant. I suppose they are alike, the Ikeas around the world. Here is mine: http://www.ikea.com/dk/da/store/gentofte/

  4. sartenada on

    We have also Lucia tradition in Finland. I have seen Lucia in TV, not in live.

    • Giiid on

      Come here, you will see it everywhere. 🙂

  5. milkayphoto on

    Interesting. Is there a reason why the procession is taking place inside a retail store?

    • Giiid on

      Cindy, this is not a retail store, it is one of your favorite shops…the IKEA!!

      There is no reason for the Lucia procession to be there, except for IKEA´s attempt to attract customers, – and perhaps the Lucia processions attempt of finding a place to go. There are Lucia processions everywhere, perhaps there are too many. 🙂


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