One of the most characteristic parts of the festive season surrounding the Nordic Christmas is the Lucia tradition…
…And it seems like some of our previous Nordic Playlist curators are in the mood for celebrating the event in a special way this year!
As the darkness grows deeper by the day, so does the public need for a light-shedding saviour. The St. Lucia tradition appears in different forms across the Nordic region and offers an opportunity for everyone to embrace the light in the darkest time of the year.
In Sweden, the local home of the tradition, the day is celebrated with Lucia processions, singing and poem-reading. Dressed in whites and wearing a crown of candles, the Lucia of the year leads the procession and performance, during which traditional gingerbread, Lucia saffron buns and glögg is served to the audience.
The tradition appears in its own local forms in Norway, Finland and Denmark with variations in size and public recognition. Lately, in the name of Nordic equality and diversity, male Lucias have been suggested by some and the Finnish city of Turku recently announced the city’s first grandma Lucia.
St Lucia – A Musical Celebration
So, what’s the best way to celebrate St. Lucia? The Nordic Playlist highly recommends the Christmas concert, or “Julkonsert”, with First Aid Kit, Maja Francis, Seinabo Sey and Amason‘s Amanda Bergman taking place in Stockholm on St. Lucia Day, December 13th.
Whether there will be candle-crowns and saffron buns for everyone to enjoy we cannot tell, but the impressive line-up promises some of the most beloved Christmas carols and the best atmosphere! The event is being held at Fargfabriken and tickets can be purchased here.
If you aren’t able to make it, don’t despair! First Aid Kit made us a playlist around Christmas time last year, so we recommend tuning in to that in order to find out what the sister duo’s holiday soundtrack is like. Amason also added their curated playlist to the Nordic Playlist collection just a few weeks ago, and their singer Amanda Bergman’s track ‘Vintersaga‘ can be heard as part of our specially made playlist, the Festive Winter Mix! So, as you can see, there is no reason to not celebrate this unique Nordic event this year!