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Swedes Celebrate Sankta Lucia

Updated: 12/14/2013 6:20 PM
Created: 12/14/2013 4:35 PM WDIO.com
By: Travis Dill
tdill@wdio.com

The Swedish Culture Society of Duluth honored Saint Lucia on Saturday with a maids of light procession.

Over 200 people gathered at the Holiday Inn for the Sankta Lucia Celebration. The saint's name means light and the procession of young girls remember her martyrdom with symbolic candles.

One girl was crowned Lucia for the celebration. Mandy Kurosky was honored to take that role, and she explained why she and others continue the Swedish tradition.

“Over half my family lives in Sweden. My great grandma came from Sweden when she was 18 to have a better life. Every Christmas we just try to keep it going, keep the tradition going so that's why,” Kurosky said.

Swedish singers carried the event through a brunch filled with traditional dishes like Lucia buns.

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