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Allhelgona Posted by on Oct 31, 2016

Allhelgona, Alla helgons dag, All Saints Day, Halloween. But what is the difference between the names? We like to celebrate in general in Sweden. We are really good at it. I mean really good. New Year’s Eve (Nyårsafton), Fettisdagen (The Fat Tuesday), Walpurgis Eve (Valborgsmässoafton), Våffeldagen (Waffle Day), Midsummer (Midsommar), Cray Fish Party (Kräftskiva), The…

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Glad Midsommar! Posted by on Jun 24, 2016

Glad Midsommar gott folk! The Midsummer eve that we are actually celebrating today is also known as St. John’s Day (English) or Juhannus (Finland) Szent-Iván éj (Hungary). The tradition has pagan origins. In Sweden we celebrate always on the weekend of the summer soltice so actually the longest day has already been on the 21st…

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Midsummer’s Eve: The essentials Posted by on Jun 25, 2010

Midsummer’s Eve is finally here and all over Sweden this big occasion is celebrated in various ways. But there are a few essentials you’ll need to make the celebration complete. The decorations (dekorationerna): A handmade daisy chain (blomsterkrans) is today’s signature piece, all kids and women (mostly) wear them. They are easily (ehm, kind of…)…

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Posted by on Jun 24, 2010

Picture the following scenario: Who: You and a whole bunch of friends Where: In someone’s big summerhouse on an island in the Swedish archipelago When: Midsummer’s eve It’s bright and early on Midsummer’s Eve. You are woken up by the sun who gently strokes you with its warmth. Or perhaps it was the little bird…

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Midsommar Book Contest! Posted by on Jun 18, 2009

It’s almost summer! I am saying “almost”, because we all know that the summer season officially starts with midsommar. And speaking of midsommar – what are your plans? I will spend the occasion in Vancouver, actually, I’m on my way there right now – I’m sitting at the airport while typing this. But, it’s not…

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