Today at Adria International School we celebrated St. Lucia’s Day. The tradition of Saint Lucia (Sankta Lucia) has a special significance in Swedish culture. Saint Lucia is a Christian saint who became a symbol of light and hope in the darkness of the winter period. It is traditionally celebrated on December 13, when the beginning of shorter days and longer nights is marked.
The students participated in the celebration of St. Lucia by wearing white robes that symbolize purity and light and holding litters with candles that represent the light that St. Lucia brings to the darkness. This light symbolizes hope and warmth in cold winter days. Singing the traditional song about Saint Lucia was an integral part of this celebration. Saint Lucia’s celebration is one-way communities come together to mark a significant point in the winter calendar and symbolize light amid dark days.