Saint Lucia Day in Marbella
Come celebrate Saint Lucia Day in Marbella (Dia de Santa Lucia) on Friday December 13, 2013 at 6:00pm at Plaza de la Encarnacion in Old Town Marbella.
It's another year that the children from the Swedish School come to Old Town Marbella with their white tunics, candles and Christmas songs to light up the night and celebrate this special day for the Nordic community. You will be offered traditional Swedish cookies made with ginger, cinammon and cardamom, accompanied by chocolate and Glögg (hot wine).
The tradition of honoring St. Lucia dressing up in white and carrying candles comes from Germany in the XVI century. The first Lucia had a white coat and a candle in her hand. She would walk with the children from house to house singing, playing and eating sweets and food.
This most traditional part of this holiday is the procession of Lucia, which consists of a group of young girls and boys singing popular songs. Each city chooses a "Lucia", who goes in procession along the streets dressed in white with a red sash in her belt and lights on her head.
Lucia is joined by her entourage who are dressed the same and there are "boy stars" who wear hats in the shape of a cone decorated with a star. They visit schools, hospitals, offices and churches carrying coffee and sweets for everyone.
(Translated from www.marbella.es)