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The legend of Saint Lucia tells the story of a young girl, clad in a white gown with a red sash, her head surrounded by a halo of light, who appeared to bring hope, warmth and food to those in need during a time of famine in Sweden. Traced back to Italy around 304AD, it’s not clear when the Swedes adopted the legend of Lucia. With the coming of Christianity to Sweden around 1200, it’s thought that missionaries shared the story of Lucia bringing food and drink to the poor.
This beautiful celebration is an important part of the holiday season in Lindsborg. Lindsborg’s tradition of Lucia Festival will fall this year on Saturday, December 9th, a few days before the true St. Lucia Day, celebrated in Sweden on December 13th. The Lindsborg Swedish Folk Dancers have put together a beautiful day with Swedish folk dancing and holiday music. This year’s St. Lucia is Smoky Valley High School senior Morgan Van Der Wege. Miss Van Der Wege along with her attendants and Star Boys will participate a traditional candle-lit St. Lucia service at 3:00 p.m. at Bethany Lutheran Church.
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