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Sweden Festivals and Events

Next to Christmas and Midsummer, Easter is the most important festival of the year. In the old days, it was thought that, during this period, all witches went away to see the devil and the place where they met was called Blεkulla. If you spend Easter in Sweden, you will see allusions to this belief in the papers and on TV.

Midsummer's eve
Midsummer's eve is probably the most popular festival day in Sweden, together with Christmas. Midsummer is an old pagan celebration, dating back to the Viking Era. It was a fertility rite originally, where the May pole was a phallic symbol, "impregnating" Mother nature. It was hoped that this would help to give a good harvest in the autumn. In modern times, it is a national holiday, where family and friends meet, eat herring and fresh potatoes and drink schnapps and beer. The actual day of the celebration is also the longest day of the year (summer solstice), signifying that summer has reached the half-way point.

Walpurgis Night
The celebration of Walpurgis dates back to the Viking Era. It was a festival to honour the return of Spring, and is only one of the several pagan festivals still celebrated in Sweden.

Sweden, 27th November, 2000
Advent is the period of four weeks immediately preceding Christmas. Each Sunday during this period a new candle is lit in a special Advent candlestick. This means that, on the fourth Sunday, there are four candles burning, and Christmas is about to begin.

Sweden, 13th December, 2000
Lucia is a festival that occurs on December 13, or also known as Lucia Day. Lucia is a young girl, who wears a white garment and with a Lucia crown with candle on her head. The Lucia tradition is based on the legend of a pious Sicilian girl who wanted to devote her life to God instead of marrying. When she refused the proposal of a nobleman she was killed, and subsequently she became a martyr.

Sweden, 25th December, 2000
Christmas is a special day when Christians celebrates the feast of Christ (Jesus's birthday). It is celebrated with such a joyous attitude. On Christmas Day a lot of Swedens get up early to attend a special church service at six or seven, which is called julottan (literally: Christmas-early-in the-morning).


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