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Lucia Day, Köping
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For a truly enchanting experience plan to visit on, or the week before December 13th, when the 400-year old tradition of the ‘queen of light’, St. Lucia, is celebrated with church concerts and processions.

On St. Lucia’s day you will see thousands of young girls emerge from the darkness of a Swedish winters day and gently silence the crowds with a procession of light.

Dressed as Lucia’s maidens, in flowing white gowns, each girl holds a candle and wears a wreath of glowing candles in her hair. Witness the charm of the children solemnly proceeding through cities, towns and churches, giving out saffron buns and singing Lucia’s beautiful melodies, dressed as gingerbread men, elves and stjärngossar.

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