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St. Lucia (Sweden)

On December 13, on one of the longest and darkest nights of the Swedish winter occurs St. Lucia (the patron saint
of light). Traditionally girls get up early, don a long white dress featuring a red sash at the waist, wearing a laurel crown decorated with four candles and serves her family warm lussekatt buns for breakfast. The buns are shaped like the number eight and flavored with saffron and topped with raisins or nuts. Boys (called Star Boys) wear long white shirts and pointed hats and help to serve the buns. Children often go to school wearing their costumes and serve buns to their teachers.

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