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Swedish Traditions and Festivities

One of the things I love most about Sweden are the magnificent festivities, traditions and special occasions. What an opportunity to share love, laughter and magnificent food – in abundance. We’d like to share some of these Swedish special events and traditions with you. Enjoy this little bit of Swedish Soul.

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Walpurgis Night
Walpurgis Night

April 30th marks the official end of winter and declares the beginning of spring with an evening of grand bonfires where smoke and choir music waft through the air. This celebration originally hails from Germany. Walburga, the German abbess in the 8th century, has now become Sweden’s Valborg.

Lighting bonfires in Sweden is nothing new, especially in the eastern parts where as an ancient custom it was done to scare off predators making it safe for sheep and cattle to graze. It was also part of a custom protecting people against witches, who were believed to gather on this very night in worship of satan.

Traditions surrounding Walpurgis Night are particularly strong in university towns like Uppsala and Lund. Instead of witches, you’ll find choral singing, speeches and students wearing white-topped graduation caps. It is simply a time to sing out the winter and sing in the spring and of course, get rid all the winter debris!

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