Lucia Celebrations at Skansen, Stockholm, December 13, 2014
The Lucia celebrations represent one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden, with their clear reference to life in the peasant communities of old: darkness and light, cold and warmth.
Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters.
All Swedes know the standard Lucia songs by heart and most daycares and schools have their own celebrations, as well as the more formal public version, such as at Skansen in Stockholm. ( as seen in this footage.)
The Lucia celebrations also include ginger snaps and sweet, saffron-flavoured buns (lussekatter) shaped like curled-up cats and with raisin eyes. You eat them with glögg or coffee.