Sankta Lucia 2016

Matilda Jarl, 15, from the Jarfalla chamber choir near Stockholm played the role of Lucia last night as she led the procession during the Swedish Sankta Lucia Festival of Light service at York Minster. The Sankta Lucia service is a traditional Swedish service merged from pagan and christian traditions and celebrates Saint Lucy who wasContinue reading “Sankta Lucia 2016”

Sankta Lucia

The traditional Swedish festival of Sankta Lucia took place tonight at York Minster. The festival is a traditional festival of light that celebrates the bringer of light during the long darkness of winter. The service features a candlelit procession and carols in celebration of St Lucy, a young Sicilian girl who was said to haveContinue reading “Sankta Lucia”

Nagar Kirtan

Hundreds of members of the Sikh community celebrate the Nagar Kirtan Sikh Festival in Middlesbrough today with a parade through the town. The festival celebrates love, happiness, and peace, from people from all backgrounds and religions.     See more of my work on my website and blogs…. HERE Images copyright Ian Forsyth. No usageContinue reading “Nagar Kirtan”

Looking at the clouds

Hundreds of people marked the Summer Solstice at the ancient stone circle at Castlerigg near Keswick this morning. Many had gathered there the evening before and spent the night amongst the stones. Unfortunately for the gathered crowds the sun didn’t make an appearance due to the heavy cloud cover but despite this those that madeContinue reading “Looking at the clouds”

Balloons and Tunes

Stewart Park played host to the Balloons and Tunes festival this weekend in Middlesbrough. The event brought together an array of hot air balloons that were tethered to the ground through the event and whilst blustery conditions made it difficult for the balloons to operate for too long a few of them still managed itContinue reading “Balloons and Tunes”