Festival of Sankta Lucia celebration set for Dec. 16

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Rock Island, Ill. – Augustana College will host an annual Swedish cultural event on Tuesday, Dec. 16. The celebration of the Festival of Sankta Lucia will begin at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall inside the Denkmann Memorial Building (3520 7th Ave., Rock Island). It is free and open to the public.

This Christmas celebration is hosted by Augustana’s Department of Scandinavian Studies and American Scandinavian Association.

The Festival of Sankta Lucia, or Feast of Saint Lucy, is a Scandinavian holiday that dates back to the time of the Vikings and the Roman Empire.

During the festival, a student is chosen to play the role of Lucia, a tradition that Augustana chooses to honor in its ceremony. Anna Moorhead, a senior business administration–finance major and Scandinavian studies minor from Sparta, Wisconsin, will play the role of Lucia this year.

The Sankta Lucia celebration also will feature traditional songs and stories by Augustana’s Swedish-language students. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Paul Peterson at paulpeterson@augustana.edu.