Festival of Saint Lucia

Posted on December 5th, 2017 by

Gustavus Adolphus College will celebrate its annual Festival of St. Lucia on Thursday, December 7 in Christ Chapel. The service is followed by a traditional Swedish Smorgasbord in Alumni Hall.

As part of this seasonal tradition, six sophomore women were chosen to serve on the Lucia court. This year’s court consists of Joyce Amakoue of Bloomington, MN; Sarah Anderson of Roseville, MN; Greta Dupslaff of North Branch, MN; Joy Dunna of Saint Paul, MN; Carly Miller of Marrifield, MN and Nicole Willis of Farmington, MN. The women are chosen based on academic achievement, spiritual leadership, charity, kindness, and service to the College and others.

The Festival of St. Lucia begins the Christmas season in Swedish custom and is traditionally held on December 13. On this day in Sweden, the eldest daughter plays the role of St. Lucia by preparing and serving baked goods and coffee to her family at sunrise. Wearing a crown of lighted candles, Lucia represents the return of light that will end the long winter nights and serves as a symbol of hope and peace for the Christmas season.


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