For the second year running the Sankta Lucia festival of light service was held at York Minster this evening. The Swedish tradition of Sankta Lucia shares many similarities with the advent procession that some people may be more familiar with. Dating back to the 18th century the festival symbolises the bringing of light into the darkness during the dark winter months and is one of the most significant services in the Swedish ecclesiastical calendar.

This year saw Annika Fredriksson, 30, originally from Eslov in Sweden but who now lives in York fulfilling a lifelong ambition of leading the Sankta Lucia procession.



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