Mallorca’s resident Swedish community has been celebrating this saint’s feast day in typical-Swedish style in Plaza de Cort every December 13 since 1985.
The act kicks off with a Christmas fair in the Plaza that customarily opens around 6:00 p.m and offers typical Swedish products. Before the event’s protagonists arrive, the city’s municipal band normally entertains onlookers with a concert that calls them to gather round in front of the Town Hall.
At around 8:00 p.m, after a short parade along Palma’s most central streets, a young girl playing Santa Lucia enters the plaza accompanied by her retinue. The participants carry lit candles, the very symbol of the festivity. Most are garbed in white tunics belted with glittering ribbons and white, star-embellished pointed hoods, while others are dressed as St. Nicolas. Santa Lucia stands out among them all thanks to her blazing crown with floral motifs. Palma’s elegant Town Hall with its Christmas lights serves as the backdrop to the event, which includes charming Christmas carols in different languages, sung by a choir mostly made up of children from Mallorca’s Swedish School. Rounding off the celebration is the reception municipal authorities offer participants, who thus proffer their Christmas wishes to all Palma’s residents in this way.
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