St. Lucia is known throughout the world but predominately celebrated now a day in Sweden and Norway. On December 13th a girl is elected to portray Lucia. Wearing a crown of candles on her head, she walks at the head of a procession of women, each holding a candle. The candles symbolize the fire that refused to take St. Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned. They sing a short concert of the St. Lucia song and other Christmas carols. The video shows a typical procession and I also took a few pictures from the performance I attended at Umeå University.
This picture is from 09/19/2010,
the day my Swedish life began.