Celebrating PLU’s 2019 Sankta Lucia

A bearer of light in a dark world

For nearly 70 years Pacific Lutheran University has been celebrating Sankta Lucia. Our tradition emerges from Sweden which celebrates the Sicilian saint, Sankta Lucia, who stood up for her beliefs in the face of persecution. At PLU, the Lucia is chosen based on an essay and interview process where applicants demonstrate their dedication to service and honoring the core elements of Lutheran higher education. The appointed Lucia is recognized with a $1000 scholarship and a crown of candles.

Event Details

Date: Friday, December 6
Time: 7 pm
Place: SCC
Admission: FREE

Normally, the students who apply and participate share their voices with the PLU community at a public concert. However, during the pandemic in 2020, te Lucia Celebration will unfold differently. All tradition is change, as the Swedish folklorist Barbro Klein wrote. Please check back in the coming month for details.

Normally, 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. However, due to the pandemic, the normal concert will not occur.

Normally, the applicants also perform at a local nursing home, where they sing the Lucia songs and other Christmas carols.

Traditionally awarded only to female students, in 2015 we clarified the application process to any student who identifies as female. A portion of the Lucia story includes an awareness of her body as sacred and resisting male domination over her body by refusing to get married. Lucia embodies a historical trend of women seeking to define themselves, and we celebrate that aspect of her story too in limiting the scholarship to students who identify as female.
The Candle Ceremony

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Brief History of Lucia Fest at PLU

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The Legend of Sankta Lucia

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Sankta Lucia Scholarship

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