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November 11, 2011

St Lucia celebrations at Scandi Kitchen 2011


13th December every year is the celebration of St Lucia (or St Lucy) – a festival widely celebrated across Scandinavia.  Girls dress in white robes and carry candles in a long procession and sing the hymn about Lucia.

The candles symbolise the fire that refused to take St. Lucia's life when she was sentenced to be burned.   Traditionally a Catholic festival, it is thought that this tradition survived in Scandinavia because it is celebrated during the very dark days of winter.  Some people believe that back in the day when us Scandies celebrated Yule (or Jol) at Winter Solstice, it was both a season of giving, kindness and celebration - but also a season of fear of dark forces – the scariest night of all at that time was called the Night of Lussi – Lussinatta.  Some believe that the festival of light is from this time to fend off the evil forces.

 Across Scandinavia, people celebrate St Lucia with singing traditional songs – and bearing candles.  We appreciate that it is hard to attend Lucia events outside Scandinavia, so we put on several mini Lucias every year for those of you who fancy a Lucia-fix before Christmas – or perhaps is just curious to know what it is all about.
Cecilia is a professional jazz singer and she together with five of her singer-friends make up the Scandi Kitchen Lucia Train.  They will sing songs such as Jul Jul, Staffan, Sa mork ar morgondagen,A child is born and more.

The shop will close during each event.  All the lights will be switched off and we will enjoy the singing and the candle light.  Tickets cost £5 each and all the cash goes directly to the singers.  Each Lucia event lasts about 30 minutes.  Please note that there is a strict limit of 40 tickets per session as we simply do not have any extra space.  

There will be no tickets sold on the door on the day.  Children under 8 go free, but please, pretty please, advise us in the notes if you will be bringing younger children because we need to make sure we have space allocated for them.  Please also note that Lucia sessions start promptly on time and the doors will close at start time.

You can buy your tickets from the online shop here - make sure that you choose "collect from store" on checkout or else you will be charged postage.  Your order confirmation is your ticket, just bring it along on the day.

These are the sessions:
Saturday 10th December   8:45, 9:30, 18:30, 20:00
Sunday 11th December 8:45, 9:45, 16:30, 17:30
Tuesday 13th December 18:00, 19:30





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