Radio Riel will celebrate St Lucy’s Day, December 13, with Luciafest, a Swedish custom dating to the late 18th century that has spread throughout Scandinavia. The holiday traditionally includes the eldest daughter in a family, robed in white, bringing coffee and saffron buns called lussekatt to her parents while wearing a crown of (lit!) candles. Modern public processions of young women and girls are led by an elected Lucia and include boys.
Join Otenth Paderborn for a variety of Scandinavian music traditional and modern, serious and comic, with a dash of klezmer for Hanukkah.
(Illustration: Christmas card by Adèle Söderberg, 1880–1915)