Event dedicated to the traditional Swedish holiday, Santa Lucia
December 11, 2017
The Embassy of Sweden to the Republic of Moldova celebrated St. Lucia's Day on 11th November 2017 at the National Museum of History of Moldova - one of the most important cultural traditions in Sweden, which announces the Christmas. Lucia is an ancient mythical character who has the role of bringing light into the darkness of the Swedish winters; therefore she is also called the Queen of Light.
The event started with the speech of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to Chișinău, Mrs. Signe Burgstaller, who spoke about the significance of Santa Lucia holiday. The speech was followed by a special musical moment performed by the Swedish choir "Carl Gustaf's Pop". Young people dressed in white dresses with red belts around the waist and burning candles in their hands sang traditional songs and carols for the delight of the visiting public. The tradition says that the candles symbolize the fire that refused to take on the life of Saint Lucia when the young woman was sentenced to death by being burned alive.
At the event was opened the exhibition „Sweden, from A to Ö", which presents the Swedish alphabet in an attractive and fun visual way.
Guests could also serve traditional Swedish food (ginger cookies and sweets) and drinks (glögg).