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Friday, November 18, 2011

Lucia celebration

13 December is the day of Saint Lucia, which is celebrated in a very special way in Sweden. On this day (or a day close to this date) people gather early in the morning to eat ginger bread cookies (pepparkakor) and saffron flavoured buns (lussekatter), while watching and listening to a procession headed by a “Lucia”. She wears a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles on her head. Her handmaidens, also dressed in white, each hold a candle. They sing Christmas carols and songs about Lucia. It is also a form of annual beauty contest where each city appoints a Lucia. There is also a national Lucia competition. You can read more about the tradition and the history of it here.

International students are kindly invited to celebrate Saint Lucia (together with the staff of the university) and listen to the Lucia of Borås and her handmaidens on Monday 12 December between 7.30-8.30 am in the Green cafeteria (note the starting time). If you would like to attend this celebration, please register no later than 5 December at 3 pm with me in room J434, on the fourth floor in the library building. There will be a list on the door where you can put down your name.

I really recommend that you attend this celebration since it can be a very nice and very "Swedish" experience!


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