It’s tradition (I don’t know since how long) that the first year students of Swedish at the University of Edinburgh do Lucia for everyone else. According to Son – who was not one of them – this year’s crop was the best he’s seen.
Yes, they were good. Perhaps they walked a little faster than people born to it would have, and sang a little faster, too. But considering they have only been learning the language for a few months, they did remarkably well.
Dress was a bit mixed, but they were all wearing white, in some form or other. And it’s brave to adopt a peculiar tradition like Lucia, allowing people to put candles on your head or tie tinsel round you or worse.
Here they are. Foreign Modern Languages aren’t completely dead yet.