Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar celebrate Saint Lucia with a basket of buns

Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar celebrate Saint Lucia with a basket of buns

On December 13, the Swedes all celebrate St. Lucia, a holiday that marks the beginning of Christmas. Girls and boys wear white tunics, participate in processions and eat brioche. On the occasion of this festival of light, the Royal Court of Sweden shared a photo of Princess Estelle and Prince Oscar observing the tradition.
 
December 13 is Saint Lucia's Day, in honor of Saint Lucia of Syracuse, a 4th century Sicilian martyr. The celebration marks the beginning of the Christmas festivities as it falls a few days before the end of the year festivities but also the first day when the sun sets later than the day before. In Scandinavian countries, the relationship with light and natural elements is very important. The name Lucia also comes from the word Lux, which means light in Latin. 
 
Princess Estelle of Sweden, 9, and Prince Oscar, 5, wished all Swedes a happy St. Lucia's Day on December 13. The Royal Court shared a photo taken by their mom, Crown Princess Victoria. Her two children appear very smiling in front of the Christmas tree already installed at Haga Castle.
 
Princess Estelle holds a basket filled with buns. The other tradition related to St. Lucia's Day is tending to the horses, a ritual that had been observed in other years. In 2019, the Royal Court had shared photos of Estelle and Oscar riding horses. They also wore the famous crown of candles on their heads, another tradition related to this holiday.