Celebrating St Lucy in Mora, Sweden. Images from December 13, 2007.
December 13 is Saint Lucia day in Sweden, where each town's voted "Sankta Lucia" wears a crown of candles and, escorted by girls in white with a red sash and "star boys" brings light and song (and saffron buns!) to homes and workplaces.
The images from the video gallery below are from the celebrations in Mora, a town located between the northern shore of lake Siljan and the southern shore of lake Orsasjön where the Österdal River enters Siljanonm, in Dalarna County, Sweden. The northern part of the municipality marks the beginning of the Scandinavian mountain range.
The town of Mora is well known for its craft products. A famous Swedish souvenir, the dalahäst, a wooden horse, is produced in the village Nusnäs just outside Mora. The high quality yet inexpensive Mora knives are also made in Mora. In late 1520, Gustav Vasa stopped in Mora, in order to organize a rebellion against the Danish troops which occupied Sweden. The Mora witch trial, which took place in Mora, Sweden, in 1669, is the most internationally famous Swedish witch trial. Reports of the trial spread throughout Europe, and a provocative German illustration of the execution is considered to have had some influence on the Salem witch trials. It was the first mass execution during the great Swedish witch hunt of 1668–1676.
To discover more about Mora and its heritage:
Mora City Council
Mora on Wikipedia:
Mora Witch Trials on Wikipedia: