Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar of Sweden celebrated St. Lucia’s Day (Swedish: Luciadagen) on December 13th in Advent. Around Christmas time in Sweden, this is one of the biggest celebrations.
The celebration comes from stories about St Lucia, a young Christian girl, who was martyred, killed for her faith, in 304.
According to legend St. Lucia brought “food and aid to Christians hiding in the catacombs” using a candle-lit wreath to “light her way and leave her hands free to carry as much food as possible”.
In Sweden, St. Lucia is represented as a lady in a white dress (a symbol of a Christian’s white baptismal robe) and red sash (symbolizing the blood of her martyrdom) with a crown or wreath of candles on her head.
The girls dressed as St. Lucia also carry cookies and saffron buns during the annual candlelit Lucia procession, which “symbolizes bringing the light of Christianity throughout world darkness”.
Boys take part in the procession, playing different roles associated with Christmas.
Last year, little Prince Oscar was dressed in a white robe with a cone-shaped hat decorated with golden stars, called stjärngossar (star boys).Embed from Getty Images
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