Second Saturday in December.
December 14, 2019
Downtown Lindsborg and Bethany Lutheran Church
According to legend, the story of Lucia came to Scandinavia when Sweden was in the midst of a famine. In the midst of that winter, Lucia steered a ship shining with light and filled with food came across the waters of Lake Vännern in the province of Värmland. Thus, 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 13th 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 during 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 on a long winter day. Lindsborg honors Lucia on the second weekend in December. The day begins at 10:00 a.m. with live holiday music downtown. A processional of girls in white carrying candles and stjärngosse (star boys) lead the crowd to the Bethany Lutheran Church where the annual St. Lucia is crowned. The new Lucia goes among the crowd serving ginger cookies and coffee.