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Sankta Lucia Day

Today is the 13th of December, which means it’s one of Sweden most beloved holidays: Saint Lucia’s Day. The official story is that it’s the celebration of Saint Lucy of Syracuse but there is some evidence the tradition also has pre-Christian elements. Many legends about this particular night exist, including the story of a mysteriousFortsätt läsa ”Sankta Lucia Day”

The Yule Tomte: A Memory of Ancestor Veneration

Christmas time is nearing, which means people will soon start to bring out their holidays decorations. In Sweden, one figure will be making his yearly comeback: the jultomte, or Yule tomte. This tiny man with a big white beard and a pointy hat is a beloved figure in Scandinavian folklore. In modern times, we mostlyFortsätt läsa ”The Yule Tomte: A Memory of Ancestor Veneration”