Winter Holidays Around the World: St. Lucia's Day


In homes, the eldest daughter dresses in white and serves coffee and baked goods to family and guests.

Traditional baked goods:


Lussekatter (saffron bread)

Ginger Biscuits

When and where is it celebrated?

December 13

St. Lucia's Day is celebrated in Sweden, Norway, and the Swedish-speaking areas of Finland.


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What does St. Lucia's Day Commemorate?

St. Lucia was a Christian martyr who was killed by the Romans in 304 CE for her beliefs.

How is it celebrated?

For the festivities, each town selects a person to be St. Lucia to lead a procession to make the beginning of the Christmas season.  She is followed by young girls and boys dressed in white singing traditional songs.