Children dressed as witches begging for candy is a common sight during Easter. So are Birch twigs decorated with feathers and painted eggs. You can definitely say that Easter is a very colorful holiday in Sweden.
You can collect a whole load of junk in the course of a year. And in Sweden much of it ends up on the Walpurgis bonfire – old doors and fencing, branches from pruned fruit trees, discarded bushes and old cardboard boxes. The bonfires are lit all over the country on April 30 to celebrate that spring has finally arrived.
Summer in Sweden is short. It starts showing its face in May and explodes into life in June. Around the summer solstice, the Swedes celebrate this extensively. You will find them dancing around the maypole with flowers in the hair. Feel free to join the fun!
As the Swedish summer draws to a close, you may be lucky enough to experience warm, clear August nights, which is when the Swedes have their crayfish parties. In Sweden, you can find some of the best crayfish in the World and, at this time of year, they are in season.
The Nobel Prizes are – except for the Peace Prize – announced in Stockholm in October, and awarded at the Stockholm Concert Hall on December 10 every year. Later the same day, the Nobel Laureates, Swedish royalty and some other 1,300 guests, enjoy an extravagant banquet in the Stockholm City Hall’s magnificent Blue Hall.
On December 13, Sweden celebrates Saint Lucia. All over the country, you will find Lucia processions consisting of Lucia herself with candles in her hair, her handmaidens, 'star boys' and brownies. Together the sign Christmas songs and spread some light in dark mid-December.
Most of the Christmas celebrations take place on December 24 and not on the 25th. The Christmas holiday is usually spent together with family and includes food, Christmas presents and just enjoying each other's company.
The Swedish Word fika roughly translates to coffee break but it is so much more. It usually involves a cup of coffee, something sweet to eat and good company. In Sweden it is an institution and people have fika breaks at least once or twice per day.