December 13th is marked in Sweden as Santa Lucia, a day when girls are dressed in white robes with red sashes and one is selected to lead the Lucia procession bearing a candleabra with lit candles on top of her long, flowing locks. Boys also dress in white and wear tall conical hats cover in large gold stars and are known as 'stjärn-gossar' - star boys.
Sankta Lucia, ljusklara hägring / Santa Lucia, bright mirage
Natten går tunga fjät / The night walks with heavy steps
Swedish lyrics of the traditional Neopolitan song Santa Lucia.