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Lucia, with a crown of lit candles on her head, stands in front of the handmaidens who are each holding a lit candle in their hands.
Lucia Day, Köping
Photo: Cecilia Larsson Lantz/

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Visit Sweden on, or before December 13th, when the 400-year old tradition of St. Lucia, is celebrated.

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.

Lussekatter (Lucia saffron buns)

The buns are served during the Christmas season in Sweden are flavoured with saffron and raisins. Often they are shaped into a curled up cat, hence the name ‘Lucia cats’ (lussekatter). Make your own saffron buns for Christmas with this easy lussekatt recipe