The Swedish Canadian Chamber of Commerce (SCCC) traditionally hosts a Lucia Luncheon every year, and 2020 will not be an exception. For the first time, however, they will be watching the bearer of light and her procession stride through the dark, virtually. Lucia is one of the most foremost cultural traditions of Sweden and a highlight of the holiday season. This cultural event is an opportunity to give your employees, colleagues, clients, friends and family a way to connect and participate in a unique experience.
For those that live in the Greater Toronto Area and wish to get the full Lucia Luncheon experience, SCCC will also be offering take-out “julbord.” It can be either picked up or delivered to your door. The Lucia Luncheon will take place on December 11, 2 p.m. EST. Please reserve your tickets before December 3rd on the SCCC website: https://sccc.ca/2020/11/11/lucia-2020-a-virtual-celebration-of-light/
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The Tradition of Lucia
The tradition of Lucia is old and mythical but characterized by light and warmth. The name “Lucia” originates from a Sicilian saint who died as a Christian martyr in the year 304, who we recognize through this celebration. Despite that, Lucia today has little to do with the Swedish way of celebrating it. December 13th, when Lucia is celebrated, has always been known as the longest night of the year in Sweden. Dark energies are supposed to be overcome by the light that Lucia and her candlelit procession bring. Traditionally, the procession takes place at dawn. The Lucia participants are all dressed in white, and Lucia herself wears a crown of candles. They sing traditional Swedish Lucia songs and bring holiday treats that the audience gets to take part in post-performance.