Swedish Midsommar

Come rain or come sun, Midsommarafton is by far one of the most celebrated dates during the year. This post contains a commercial link In the middle of June almost all Swedes (myself included) celebrate the happening of “Sommarsolståndet”, which occurrs when night and day are the exact same length. With a pick-nick basket inContinue reading “Swedish Midsommar”

The holiday season is here

Advent is latin and means arrival. It is a celebration of the arrival of Jesus, and also a time to prepare for Christmas. Advent has its historical roots in the 40 day long fasting period that started around Christmas and finished by Easter. Traditionelly it is a time for fasting and preparing for the birthContinue reading “The holiday season is here”

Kräftskiva

Late August to late September is the time for the traditional crayfish party. It’s when Swedes gather with friends and family to eat and drink to celebrate the first crayfish harvest. The fact is that this is a a nordic tradition, even if the actual crayfish party is supposed to originate from Sweden. It isContinue reading “Kräftskiva”

Easter in Sweden

This post contains commercial links The Swedes have been celebrating Easter, originally according to the Gregorian Calendar, since 1844. Until 1969 everything was closed on Easter Friday (in Swedish “Långfredag”, or Long Friday) – grocery stores, cinemas, restaurants, clothing stores etc. Of course due to the memory of Jesus Christ. The last supper According toContinue reading “Easter in Sweden”