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Festival of Sankta Lucia celebration Dec. 17

December  06, 2013

Eryn Maccabee, a senior from East Moline, Ill., majoring in Scandinavian studies and English, will play the role of Lucia this year. (Augustana Photo Bureau/Anh Hoang)

Augustana College will host an annual Swedish cultural event on Tuesday, Dec. 17. The celebration of the Festival of Sankta Lucia will begin at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall inside the Denkmann Memorial Building.

This Christmas celebration is hosted by Augustana’s Scandinavian studies department and the American Scandinavian Association. It is a free public event.

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. Eryn Maccabee, a senior from East Moline, Ill., majoring in Scandinavian studies and English, will play the role of Lucia this year.

The jultomte will be Sarah Ostberg, a senior majoring in Scandinavian studies. The jultomte is a modernized version of the ancient tomte, a creature from Scandinavian folklore.

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

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu