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The feast of Lucia

One of my favourite days of the year is December 13, when Swedish people gather to remind each other that the winter and the darkness and the cold won’t last forever. Through a peculiar merging of an Italian legend about a saint and a time-honoured Swedish tradition where medieval young men got drunk and brawled in the streets, we now have a procession of light accompanied by lovely Christmas and Advent carols. Here is an example.

In this video, though, it’s just me. 🙂 I was inspired by this phenomenal lady and her breath-taking Lucia videos to make my own version, complete with flu-y singing voice! 😀 Enjoy. 😉

Soul candles

This weekend was All Hallow’s Eve, which means that people lighted candles on the graves of their loved ones. They’re still burning tonight.

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It’s such a pretty, melancholic sight: all those candles, symbolizing people who are no longer here, but who are still remembered with love. The ground covered in white as if to lull them to sleep.

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In a way, it resembles Good Friday: a moment of calm, of reflection, before the joyous season begins.

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And I’m happy to say that things are looking good in that department, judging by the snowfall. 🙂

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