Saturday, December 13, 2014

Festival of light in the dark winter

Finland, Santa Lucia, Christmas, traditions

Every December 13th since 1898 in Finland the light is celebrated in the middle of the dark winter by crowning a young Swedish-peaking maiden in a white outfit with 4 candles. Santa Lucia was once concoinceded with the winter solstice (shortest day of the year) before calendar reforms. This celebration occurs mainly in Scandinavia and in Italy.

In Helsinki the ceremony starts at 5pm when Santa Lucia walks down the stairs of the Cathedral. A light parade with all kinds of magical creatures follows in the streets of the city center.

Please note that all trams stop running in the center! If you are going to the Silja Line, Linda Line or Viking Line ferry terminals, go there much in advance.

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