NabloPoMo was an epic fail for me. Miss one day, and all of a suddenly there is no motivation to keep going. I also got busy with two final papers I had to write, but as of yesterday, I am virtually done with school for the semester. And next Thursday, I leave Lund for Stockholm, and then for home!
Today is a special day for two reasons. First of all, it’s Daniel’s and my 6th anniversary! December 13th is also the feast day of Saint Lucia, a really big deal in Sweden. We went to the free Luciakonsert at the biggest church in town. As you can see, the line to get in was pretty long – actually, it went all the way around the block. I think the whole town was there.
By the time we made it in, the place was already full. Compared to the Lund cathedral, which is right down the street, this church isn’t old at all – it was finished in 1891, but is is still a beautiful building.
Every town in Sweden picks a young woman to portray Lucia every year, kind of like how towns in the US pick a local girl to be crowned the local princess during parade season. You can read more about Sankta Lucia and why she is so important to Swedes here.
This music was beautiful. I especially like the song they sang as Lucia and her tärnor processed in. I shot a pretty crappy video of it that you can see here: