Welcome and try some delicious lucia treats. Come and visit us , on December 13 between 08.00-10.00 am, in our areas Forum, Idun, Jerum, Embla, Medicinaren, Lappis, Strix and Kungshamra.
Why are we celebrating Lucia?
The 13th of December has been an important day in the Swedish society for a long time. According to folklore, it was a very dangerous night as supernatural forces were on the move.
Saint Lucia was a young Italian woman who was martyred in 304. She lived in Sicily and the legend says that her fiancé reported her for being a Christian, after she used her dowry to feed the poor.
At this time it was a crime to be a Christian in the Roman society, so she was sentenced to death.
The light-filled Lucia was originally a custom from western Sweden. In the mid-1800s the custom of Lucia was spread to the rest of Sweden. Lucia celebration popularity rose in the 1920s, when a newspaper in Stockholms organized the first Lucia election and the first public Lucia procession.
But why are we eating the Lucia cat bread?
The bread has been baked in Mälardalen since the 1600s and became popular in the 1800s. No one really knows what the bread represents. According to Swedish mythology, the bread is an image of goddess Freya’s sweetheart cat. Another theory says that the bread is from medieval Germany, where it symbolizes the devil.