Lucia is our dearest traditions, which represents a celebration of light over darkness and serves to welcome Christmas. On the 13th of December the Swedish Ambassador Anders Sjöberg hosted the yearly Lucia celebration. This year’s traditional Lucia celebration was combined with the theme: Innovation as a tool for development.
Invited guests from the diplomatic community, the Embassy’s partners and friends, and the Swedish Community in Tanzania enjoyed the children’s Lucia procession. Typical Swedish delicacies were served, such as Jansson’s Temptation, meatballs, pickled herring, saffron buns, ginger bread cookies and glögg (hot wine punch with almonds, raisins, spices).
Highlights from the Innovation theme were taking a virtual tour in the Swedish nature through VR, learning from innovative solutions from our Tanzanian development partners and Swedish companies with a presence in Tanzania- how innovation drive their business and the society forward. Each guest was given a reflective disc to use in the dark, and this type of reflective disc is a Swedish invention. The Smart City photo exhibition was also displayed with portraits of smart and innovative solutions (from Sweden) on how cities can provide good environment without wasting earth’s resources.
In Ambassador Sjöberg’s speech, he emphasised: “Innovation is necessary for the development of our countries and economies. In Tanzania, we see huge potential. The large, young and bright population is full of entrepreneurs wanting to unleash their ideas. This is one reason why we are working hard in our cooperation with Tanzania to support primary education, advance academic research, and collaborating with innovation hubs where those who already are at the cusp of realizing their innovations can develop their ideas “.
Thank you all for celebrating Lucia with us and we hope you enjoyed this festive evening!