Celebrating PLU’s 2018 Sankta Lucia
A bearer of light in a dark world
For more than 60 years Pacific Lutheran University has been celebrating Sankta Lucia. This year, the tradition continues on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Scandinavian Cultural Center.
The tradition, most strongly observed in Sweden, celebrates Saint Lucia who stood up for her beliefs and her family in the face of persecution. At PLU, the Lucia is chosen based on an essay and interview process where they show dedication, a sense of service and optimism. The Lucia is recognized with a $500 scholarship and a crown of candles.
Sankta Lucia invokes PLU’s Scandinavian and Lutheran heritage and enacts a transformative tradition.
Date: Tuesday, Dec. 11
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Scandinavian Cultural Center.
Admission: $5 (general)
Free to PLU students; Reception to follow
All students who apply share their voices with the PLU community at a public concert. Members of the public are invited to participate as well, particularly children under the age of 13, who wish to share in this traditional Nordic festival.
The students also perform at local nursing homes, where they distribute hand made gifts to the residents, as well as sing the Lucia songs and other Christmas carols. The Lucia’s also help bring joy to the participants of PLU’s Winterfest event by welcoming the families.