Student Keeps Tradition Alive
A Hanover High School sophomore has been traveling regularly to Philadelphia to prepare for a procession that keeps a cultural and family tradition alive.
Elisabeth Hoehn will participate in the Lucia Fest at Gloria Dei (Old Swede’s Church) in Philadelphia this weekend. The fest weaves together a number of Swedish holiday traditions into a colorful musical pageant. Several presentations of the pageant are made at the church, which was built by Swedish settlers around 1700.
The heart of the celebration, according to the organizers, is the Lucia procession, in which a young woman is joined by other female members of the household in taking coffee and a warm Lucia bun to all. She comes crowned with candles, dressed in white, and singing the traditional song, Sankta Lucia.
Hoehn lives in Norwich. She is the granddaughter of the late Anne Martenson, a director of the program for three decades. This is the 76th year of the celebration.