Lucia Day

Dates: December 10, 2016
Location: Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau
Address: 104 E Lincoln St, Lindsborg, KS 67456
Phone: 888-227-2227
Time: 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Price: free
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According to legend, the story of Lucia came to Scandinavia when Sweden was in the midst of a famine. In the height of that winter a ship shining with light, laden with food and carrying a beautiful girl, came across the waters of Lake Vännern in the province of Värmland. Food was distributed and the people of Sweden were saved from starvation. Therefore, to honor Lucia, whose name is derived from lux meaning light, the eldest daughter of Swedish families awakens early on December 13 morning to serve saffron buns, ginger cookies and coffee to her family. She wears a white gown with a red sash and a crown of lingonberry branches with seven lit candles. The green and light represent new life in the climax of the Winter Solstice. A favorite Swedish holiday tradition, also observed in Lindsborg, is the St. Lucia Festival celebrating the figure who is the emblem of light and comfort with candles in her hair and food in her hands. Lindsborg honors Lucia's gift on the second weekend in December. The day begins at 10:30 a.m. with live holiday music. Swedish folk dancing downtown is followed by the crowning of a local Lucia that afternoon. A processional of girls in white carrying candles and stjärngosse (star boys) lead the crowd to the Bethany Lutheran Church where a service is presented. The new Lucia goes among the crowd serving ginger cookies, coffee and the promise of spring to come.

Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau

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