Countries all over the world will be celebrating the holidays together in spirit. Though many think of the holiday season as a menagerie of red and green, yuletide caroling and Santa Claus, other parts of the world have their own rich traditions and celebrations. This makes the holiday season a perfect time to introduce your children to the many cultures of the world.
St. Lucia Day in Sweden
St. Lucia Day honors a third-century saint on December 13, when girls dress up as “Lucia brides” and wear long white gowns and red sashes — a tradition that dates back to the 18th century. The attire is accompanied with a wreath of burning candles on their heads. The girls wake up their families by singing songs and offering coffee, and a traditional bun, called St. Lucia’s bun and made from saffron, is commonly eaten on this day.
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