Augustana College will host two traditional Swedish holiday events


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Posted Online: Dec. 03, 2012, 1:02 pm
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Press release submitted by Augustana College



Rock Island, Ill. – Augustana College will host two Swedish cultural events on Tuesday, Dec. 11. A Swedish Christmas julsmörgåsbord will begin in the College Center Dining Room (3750 7th Ave) at 5:15 p.m., and a celebration of the festival of Sankta Lucia will begin at 7 p.m. in Wallenberg Hall inside Denkmann Memorial Hall (3520 7th Ave).
These annual Christmas celebrations are hosted by the Augustana College Scandinavian department and the American Scandinavian Association. Guests are encouraged to attend both events.
The tradition of the julsmörgåsbord began in Sweden in the 14th century. Today, Christmas julsmörgåsbords are held around the world as an important remembrance of the Scandinavian culture. Traditional foods for a Swedish julsmörgåsbord include ham, cold fish or meat slices, Swedish meatballs, casseroles and a variety of breads and cheeses.
The festival of Sankta Lucia, or Feast of Saint Lucy, is a Scandinavian holiday that dates back to the time of the Vikings and the Roman Empire.
The Sankta Lucia celebration will also feature traditional songs and stories by Augustana's Swedish-language students, and light refreshments will be served.
The Christmas julsmörgåsbord costs $12 for adults and $6 for children. Tickets may be purchased at the door. The celebration of the festival of Sankta Lucia is free.
For more information: please contact Keri Rursch, director of public relations, at kerirursch@augustana.edu or (309) 794-7721.

About Augustana: Founded in 1860, Augustana College is a selective four-year residential college of the liberal arts and sciences. Augustana is recognized for the innovative program Augie Choice, which provides each student up to $2,000 to pursue a high-impact learning experience such as study abroad, an internship or research with a professor. Alumni include 140 Academic All-Americans, a Nobel laureate, 12 college presidents and other distinguished leaders. The college enrolls 2,500 students and is located along one of the world's most important waterways, the Mississippi River, in a community that reflects the diversity of the United States.



















 



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