Lucia Bride of Sweden
National Lucia Bride of Sweden (in Swedish: Sveriges Lucia) was a competition for Swedish females. The winner of the competition would be the "Lucia Bride" heading traditional Lucia processions on December 13, Saint Lucy's Day. The contest was usually held in churches or at the open-air museum Skansen in Stockholm. It was held between 1973 to 2012, and it was sponsored by the publications Året Runt and Stockholm City. Between 2001 and 2007, the competition was called either "Årets Lucia" (Lucia of the year) or "Stockholms Lucia" (Lucia of Stockholm).
Prior to 2008 the event was mainly a beauty contest, but from that year the sponsors wished to judge the contestants primarily by their responses during an interview with the competition's judges, and on their singing ability. Every contestant represented a Swedish charity organization.
- Sveriges Lucia official website
- Lucia Bride of Sweden 2000
- Lucia Bride
- History of Santa Lucia, article by Christian historian Bill Petro exploring how missionaries introduced the Santa Lucia celebration to Sweden
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