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St. Lucia Day Festival celebrated at Bethel in Willmar

Erica Dischino / Tribune Anna Peterson reads a scripture Saturday during the 65th annual St. Lucia Day Festival at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. Peterson is a 2017 Lucia girl. Commonly celebrated in Scandinavian countries, the festival commemorates St. Lucia, who was known to wear a candle-lit wreath while bringing food and aid to those who needed it. The festival marks the beginning of the Christmas season.1 / 7
Erica Dischino / Tribune Sonia Collier, dressed in traditional Swedish garb, pours coffee for church members Saturday during the 65th annual St. Lucia Day Festival at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. The festival marks the beginning of the Christmas season.2 / 7
Erica Dischino / Tribune Members of Bethel Lutheran Church in WIllmar celebrate the 65th annual St. Lucia Day Festival Saturday. Commonly celebrated in Scandinavian countries, the festival commemorates St. Lucia, who was known to wear a candle-lit wreath while bringing food and aid to those who needed it. The festival marks the beginning of the Christmas season.3 / 7
Erica Dischino / Tribune Members of the church choir sing “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” on Saturday during the St. Lucia Day Festival at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. 4 / 7
Erica Dischino / Tribune Anna Peterson, followed by Emma Rosen, walk in the St. Lucia Day Festival procession Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar. Peterson and Rosen were the 2017 Lucia girls for the church’s 65th annual festival. Commonly celebrated in Scandinavian countries, the festival commemorates St. Lucia, who was known to wear a candle-lit wreath while bringing food and aid to those who needed it. 5 / 7
Erica Dischino / Tribune Erika Tiabl looks with 4-year-old Jack Wilkowske at the treats for sale Saturday after the 65th annual St. Lucia Day Festival procession and presentation at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar.6 / 7
Erica Dischino / Tribune Emma Rosen, a 2017 Lucia Girl, watches the church choir sing Saturday during the 65th annual St. Lucia Day Festival at Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar.7 / 7

WILLMAR - Members of Bethel Lutheran Church in Willmar celebrated the 65th annual St. Lucia Day Festival on Saturday. Commonly celebrated in Scandinavian countries, the festival commermates St. Lucia, who was known wear a candle-lit wreath while bringing food and aid to those who needed it. The festival marks the beginning of the Christmas season.

Erica Dischino

Erica Dischino is the photographer for the West Central Tribune. Hailing from northern New Jersey, she graduated from Ithaca College in central New York with a bachelors in Journalism and Photography. Follow her on Instagram.

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