…imported from Sicily. (Title adapted from Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt’s tweet today).
I have and I will post more photos from the parade in my other blog Learning to See in Helsinki.
Photos from the Finnish Capital
…going down the stairs of Helsinki cathedral.
Saints are practically non-existent in Lutheran and atheist Finland. And it’s mostly the Swedish-speaking Finns who celebrate this Sicilian virgin who couldn’t be burned.
The only other saint I can think of is Bishop Henry who tried to convert Finns into Christianity. Lalli famously killed him in 1156 on the ice of lake Köyliö. The bishop is generally considered evil and Lalli is a bit of a national hero.
…to the darkest time of the year on December 13th. In Helsinki at 6pm the official St. Lucy comes from the Helsinki Cathedral to the Senate’s square and does a short parade on the streets nearby.
The photo is from 2008 when a brunette was chosen although traditionally the role has been reserved for blondes. Have a look at my posts from other years of the event that in Finland belongs to the tradition of the Swedish-speaking Finns.