(more photos to come in the future)
In Scandinavia, the 13th of December is a widely celebrated holiday known as Santa Lucia day. It is one of the few Saint’s days celebrated by the Protestant Nordics. Some credit latitude and winter darkness as the origins of the celebration’s popularity in Scandinavia. After all, “Lucia” can be roughly translated to “light,” the celebration involves a procession of candles and occurs very near to the darkest night of the year.
Now one of my favorite things to do while blogging has been to relate something I’ve experience in Denmark to some story from my childhood, and Santa Lucia day is no exception. In reality, I actually celebrated Santa Lucia day when I was in first and second grade at my Waldorf school, because that’s just the kind of thing you do at Waldorf schools. But like many things from before the age of ten, it didn’t hold a strong place in my memory. However, walking through a park in Vesterbro, I passed a group of Danish children singing a familiar sounding song. Despite only being able to understand about 25% of the Danish I hear, the words Santa Lucia and the identical melody triggered something in my memory.
A few days later, at dinner the holiday came up in conversation again, and Krogerup being the environment that it is, meant to facilitate democratic cultural exchange understanding, it didn’t take long for someone to decide that 1. We should celebrate the tradition, and 2. Quickly and effectively organize it using the powers of social media.
On the 13th of December all the girls met in an upstairs kitchen at the agreed upon 8.45, wrapped in sheets. Someone had acquired candles, and someone had printed the lyrics to Luciadag song, and with just a few minutes preparation we promenaded through the højskole, past the offices, and eventually back to morning assembly, singing to everyone we met along the way.