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The Rotting Month Posted by on Aug 19, 2010 in Culture

Whaaaaat? There actually is a rotting month? Yepp! Sweden is the only country in the world to have a date in the calender warning its citizens about the start of the rotting. On either the 22nd, 23rd or 24th of July to either the 22nd, 23rd or 24th of August the calendars are marked with small skulls… no just kidding, about the skulls part. But there is a special date marking the start of the rotting period. The rotting month is a month during the year when everything rots much easier. You find vegetables in your fridge going bad much quicker than any other time of the year. They even warn you on the news about it. You should be very careful leaving dairy products out of the fridge and don’t buy more vegetables than you know you can use. It’s easy to eat something that has gone off, making you sick. In other words, watch out! 🙂

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  1. zuzisue:

    hahaha xD I was on my way believing in those skulls in the calendar. You never know with Swedes. 😉
    That would be creepy! xD

  2. Anne:

    I can vouch for that! We have more fruit flies in our kitchen now that the entire rest of the year combined!

  3. Nikki:

    Nope, Sweden is not the ONLY country with an official rotting month 🙂 When I grew up in Finland ages ago there was always talk about the infamous rotting month, so I had to check it up now, and yep, they also have specific dates and official warnings for it.
    Nonetheless a weird thing, but maybe Nordic and not particularly Swedish? 🙂

  4. Luke (Sydney):

    Butchers’ best month! 😀

  5. Camilla:

    I also think its more nordic/scandinavian than purely swedish. Åland has the same thing and at least parts of norway i think.