Today we enjoyed the Santa Lucia performance by the Scandinavian students at St. John’s. This traditional event is celebrated every year on December 13 in Sweden, Norway and in Finland as a Festival of Light. This holiday tradition is tied to the beautiful white clad figure of Lucia, the “bearer of light,” who illuminates the darkness of winter on the morning of December 13th.
St. John’s students between the ages of 3 and 18, wearing white gowns, carried candles during the procession and the singing of carols while the girl playing Lucia, with a red sash and a crown of candles on her head, walked at the head of the procession.
The original Saint Lucia was a Christian girl from Syracuse, Italy, and was one of the earliest Christian martyr saints. She was beheaded on the 13th of December in 304 A.D. during the persecutions of Christians.