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GLAD LUCIA!

Sarah

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Glad Lucia! On December 13, we celebrate Saint Lucy’s Day in Sweden with traditional songs, delicious saffron-flavoured buns (lussekatter), gingersnaps (pepparkakor) and mulled wine (glögg) or coffee! ?

Why not try baking your own Lussekatter & Pepparkakor? Click here for the recipes.

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GLAD LUCIA!

Sarah

Glad Lucia/Happy St. Lucia Day!

On this day, December 13th, Scandinavians celebrate Lucia – also known as the Festival of Lights – with processions, candles, singing, eating lots of lussekatter (saffron buns) and drinking glögg (mulled wine)!

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LUCIA CELEBRATION

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Alongside Midsummer, the Lucia celebrations represent one of the foremost cultural traditions in Sweden, with their clear reference to life in the peasant communities of old: darkness and light, cold and warmth. Lucia is an ancient mythical figure with an abiding role as a bearer of light in the dark Swedish winters (ref). St. Lucy’s Day, or Lucia, is typically celebrated on December 13, a day once coinciding with the Winter Solstice- the shortest day of the year. Therefore it has become a celebration of light.

Last night we invited some special guests to experience a traditional Lucia celebration at the Nordic Homeworx Showroom in Sidra Tower, Dubai. Damkören SALT, a professional female choir from Sweden, performed as Lucia and her maidens while our guests enjoyed freshly baked lussebullar(saffron buns) and pepparkakor (gingerbread cookies) along with a hot cup of tea or coffee.

It was a magical evening and we are so happy we got to enjoy a typical Scandinavian winter celebration here in Dubai!

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GLAD MIDSOMMAR

Sarah

In mid-June, school is out and nature has burst into life. It seems like the sun never sets. In fact, in the north of Sweden it doesn’t, and in the south only for an hour or two. This calls for celebration! Friends and family gather for the most typically Swedish tradition of all: Midsummer. Learn more about Swedish Midsummer here.

Midsummer will be celebrated in Sweden this weekend, starting tomorrow – Friday, June 20. Glad Midsommar!