Monday, December 13, 2010

Lucia with candles in her hair

After weeks of practicing everything became a success. 60 kids age 6-11 sang and it was so beautiful that I got tears in my eyes. It was my class together with two other groups. In the morning we sang for the school and in the evening for the families. I guess that you know that Lucia is a very important tradition here in Sweden. I asked my daughter to put on the crown when I had it at home for preparing the candles so they could suit the crown. I wish that I could have showed todays performance to you, but instead you will see our small Lucia collection.


Jill said...

Ella it is SO BEAUTIFUL! The crown with candles and with your daughter's lovely hair too. I would love to have heard the beautiful singing too.

Nelle Somerville said...

I have never heard of this tradition but had so much fun looking up the music on YouTube. Beautiful. What is the story?

Ella said...

The story is a mix with Christianity and old paganism. Lucia was someone who came with the light during the darkest time of the year. Lucia was also a saint from Sicily in Italy who died Martyrdom 304 AD. The modern tradition is about 90 years. The tradition is celebrated at almost every church, school and Kindergarten and choirs visits hospitals and sing for the patients.