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North Park University Hosts Sankta Lucia Festival

Sankta Lucia

On December 8, the Center for Scandinavian Studies at North Park University will host their annual Sankta Lucia pageant. As is tradition in Sweden, the Lucia Queen wears a wreath of candles on her head and is accompanied by her attendants and starboys, who each carry a candle and sing songs of the season, bringing light into the cold, dark world. Music will be provided by students from the University, as well as by a choir from Södra Vätterbygdens Folkhögskola (SVF), an institution in Jönköping, Sweden, with which North Park has had an exchange program for over 35 years. The pageant will take place in Anderson Chapel (at the corner of Foster and Spaulding avenues) on the North Park University campus at 4 p.m., and the cost is $2.

A reception will follow in Hamming Hall, which is a short walk from Anderson Chapel. Tickets are required in advance, and the cost is $15 for adults or $10 for children age 12 and younger. Please call Maiken Sparshott at (773) 244-5592 to reserve your reception tickets.