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The Swedish Lucia celebration is....
 ...an annual festival of medieval origin, observed on the 13th of December. On this day, the darkness is brightened by Saint Lucia, a creature of goodness and light who opens the door to the Christmas season.

Named after a Sicilian saint, the Swedish Lucia does not have much in common with her namesake.  She is celebrated in a variety of ways, but the most common is the Lucia procession consisting of a group of young girls and boys singing traditional Lucia songs.

On her head, the girl or woman playing the part of Lucia wears a wreath of lingonberry sprigs with holders for real candles (battery-powered ones are sometimes a safer option) to give the effect of a halo.  She also has a white, full-length gown with a red ribbon around her waist.  Her female attendants (tärnor) wear similar gowns and the "star boys" (stjärngossar) wear white pointed hats decorated with stars.  Lucia processions are held in various places, ranging from kindergartens and schools to churches and the Swedish Parliament.

Lucia can be perceived as a symbol of the good forces in life and a symbol of light in the dark winter.  She usually appears early in the morning, bringing coffee and saffron-flavored buns (lussekatter) traditionally eaten around Christmas time in Sweden. See recipe below

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LU08 Candle

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LU08 Tilda with Candle

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LU08 Bun & Gingerbread

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LU08 Lucia Kaffe

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LU08 Lucia Fika {Swedish Text}

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LU08 Edwin with Star

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LU08 Tilda as Lucia

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Saint Lucia Buns - Saffron-Flavored buns

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SERVES 24

  • 300 ml Milk
  • 1 g Saffron
  • 50 g baker's yeast
  • 150 g sugar
  • 125 g butter or margarine
  • 700 g all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg
  • salt
  • raisins

Directions

  1. Melt butter or margarine in a pan and add the milk and the saffron.
  2. Warm the mixture to 37 oC (100 oF).
  3. Use a thermometer; the correct temperature is important!
  4. Pour the mixture over the finely divided yeast; then add the remaining ingredients (except for the egg and the raisins), which should have a temperature of 21-23 oC (72-75 oF).
  5. Mix into a smooth dough.
  6. Cover the dough with a piece of cloth and let it rise for 30 minutes.
  7. Knead the dough, divide it into 25-30 pieces and form each piece into a round bun.
  8. Let the buns rest for a few minutes, covered by a piece of cloth.
  9. Form each bun into a string, 15-20 cm long, then arrange the string in a suitable shape, e.g. an S or double S. Regardless of the shape, the ends of the string should meet.
  10. Press a few raisins into the dough.
  11. Cover the"Lucia cats" with a piece of cloth and let them rise for 40 minutes. Whip the egg together with a few grains of salt, and paint the"Lucia cats" with the mixture.
  12. Bake them for 5-10 minutes in the oven at 250 oC (475 oF) until golden brownish yellow.