Sankta Lucia

Sankta Lucia, this beautiful old traditional Swedish song, is performed here in the church of Mora and the home of the late artist Anders Zorn (1860-1920) in Dalarna (Dalecarlia, Sweden) as filmed in 2007. The Lucia celebrations take place on the 13th December, when the winter darkness surrounding this northern country is being lit up by Lucia’s many candles and torches.

The Saint Lucy feast is held in memory of the virgin Lucy (AD 283-304) from Siracusa in Sicily, who became a martyr due to the persecutions of the Christians under the reign of the Roman emperor Diocletian in 304. She was later canonized a saint by the Church.