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20 October 2017

Scandinavian Culture

Crayfish Party

Crayfish Party

Nowhere is the crayfish so passionately worshipped as in Sweden. Part of the reason is gastronomic, but it has above all become a ritual meal surrounded by all kinds of accessories, preferably also by an authentic full moon. read more...
Kekri

Kekri

Held at the end of the autumn, the ancient festival of Kekri was very important. At a time when most Finns were farmers, celebrations and festivals were mostly based around important farming dates. Kekri was a harvest festival originating in pagan times read more...
Lucia

Lucia

The Lucia tradition can be traced back in time both to St Lucia of Syracuse, a martyr who died in 304, and to the legend of Lucia, Adam?s first wife. It is said that she consorted with the Devil and her children were invisible infernals. read more...
Norway National Day

Norway National Day

It is Norway's biggest day of national celebration, commemorating the signing of the country's first constitution in 1814 and its release from Danish rule after 400 years of subjugation. The celebration of 17th May started as a private party in the town of Trondheim in the 1820s, but took on more of a public nature when in 1823 the event was reported in a newspaper.. read more...
Surströmming Premiere

Surströmming Premiere

All countries have their own dreaded delicacies: insects, strange entrails and pieces of meat in various stages of decay. Sweden has the notorious sour herring (surströmming). Fermented herring Not all Swedes eat it, but the dish has become increasingly popular, even among gourmets. read more...
Sweden National Day

Sweden National Day

Since 1916, June 6 has been celebrated as the Swedish Flag Day, but it was not until 1983 that it officially became the National Day. For a long time Sweden was probably one of very few countries in the world with no national day. read more...
Walpurgis Night

Walpurgis Night

On the evening of April 30, bonfires are lit all over Sweden to mark the end of winter and the beginning of spring. People gather by the light and heat of the fire to listen to choirs performing a number of traditional spring songs - quite ironic if, in the meantime, sleet and snow are doing their best to put the fire out. read more...
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