Festival of Lights and Luminaries

The Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life hosts Elon’s annual tradition, The Festival of Lights & Luminaries, which this year will take place on November 28, 2023.  The Festival, which began as a simple ceremony 30 years ago, has grown into a magical evening enjoyed by students, alumni, faculty, staff and community members alike.

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The Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life’s Festival of Lights and Luminaries, November 29, 2022.


This celebration of light ties directly into Elon’s historic motto, “Numen Lumen,” which means “spiritual light” and “intellectual light.”  The words signify the highest purposes of an Elon education, and for the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, also a call to infuse meaning into campus life at Elon every day of the year. The Festival is the embodiment of that motto, as the Truitt Center gathers people together to share in the joy of community while learning about the cherished traditions, worldviews, and identities that we celebrate as individuals and groups.

The evening is a celebration of the diverse identities held on our campus, as different groups to host and share their traditions with the community members wending through the paths of the Historic neighborhood, Under the Oaks, and through the Lambert Academic Villlage.

The Festival of Lights & Luminaries, the most beloved of Elon University’s creative campus traditions, fosters community, connection, and joy.