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LUCIA RECEPTION AT THE SWEDISH EMBASSY

The Ambassador of Sweden Håkan Åkesson hosted the traditional Lucia reception at the Swedish residence on Thursday.

19 December 2012 Wednesday 00:01
The Ambassador of Sweden Håkan Åkesson hosted the traditional Lucia reception at the Swedish residence on Thursday. Ambassador Åkesson greeted the guests at the entrance of the reception hall with members of the Embassy.

The celebration of Santa Lucia takes place each December 13th and is also known as the festival of light. Alongside Midsummer, Lucia celebrations represent one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden. In old tradition, every village would choose a young woman to represent Santa Lucia.



In the morning of December 13th, wearing a white dress with red sash and a wreath of ligonberry twigs with seven candles set upon it, she would go from farm to farm bringing biscuits and buns, and return home before dawn.

The lighting of the candles on her wreath symbolizes the welcoming of light during the darkest time of the year.

Centuries ago when the Santa Lucia celebration first began the calendar of December 13th was the shortest day of the year, also known as winter solstice. The festivity of Santa Lucia celebrates the beginning of change and longer and warmer days.

Just like it is the tradition in Sweden a young girl (maiden) portraying Santa Lucia with candles in her hair, along with little girls, boys, and elder members of the Nordic community sang Christmas carols at the event.

Although the event took place during a busy night with many other events taking place the reception halls of the residence were packed with guests. Among the distinguished guests were ambassadors of Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, Ethiopia, Palestine, Jordan, Libya, Mexico, United States, Canada, Bulgaria, Japan, Slovenia; Chargé d’Affaires of Poland, Estonia, Romania, Germany and some members of the EU delegation.

Also Foreign Minister Director Deniz Kılıçer, Turkey Representative of IMF Mark Lewis, Professor Emel Doğramacı, businessman Refii Berent and some retired ambassadors were among the big cowd of guests.

Until late hours guests had delicious canapés, Christmas biscuits and a lot of Glögg.


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