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St. Lucia Day
December 13

Down the village street comes a group of young people. At the head of the group walks a pretty girl in a long, white dress.Upon her head she wears a crown of green leaves and seven glowing candles. In her hands she carries a tray of little cakes.The girl with the crown represents Saint Lucia, a young Christian girl. She was killed by Roman soldiers about fifteen hundred years ago for refusing to give up her religion.



Behind her walk some younger girls, also in white, carrying candles. A number of boys in tall, pointed hats follow them. Processions such as this can be seen in all parts of Sweden on St. Lucia Day, December 13. The girls and boys bring cakes and coffee to homes, hospitals, factories, and offices.



Because Saint Lucia was an Italian, her day is also celebrated in Italy. There people honor her day with bonfires and parades on her feast day, December 13.


1998,1999 ~ Nancy Alison ~
Last updated June 6, 1999