One thing I do really miss about Sweden is all the different celebrations, and I mean we celebrate pretty much everything.
Midsummer, that you might have heard of is pretty much bigger than Christmas in Sweden, this is when you get all your friends and family together away from the city to sing, play silly games, eat and drink and dance around the Midsummer pole/fertility pole, (yes, that is what the celebration is all about) It might sound strange though we do dance around it trying to look like frogs.
We also have Bonfire night on the 30st April which is pretty much the same thing but you dance around a massive bonfire which is built by all the people trough out the year, old furniture and anything you can find that will burn. This is to celebrate that spring is here, even though we still got snow on the ground.
Not to mention cinnamon bun day, pancake day, Lucia – 13th December, girls and boys in long white dresses in a singing train and candles in their hair, Surstromming premier (youtube or google it)
Although my favourite is probably the Crayfish day which is when the crayfishing is at its best. We set up a long table preferably by a lake, there are silly hats and bibs involved, snaps songs and these delicious little creatures on your plate. I am aware that most of our celebrations happen to be around food.
This year was the first year I didn’t celebrate it and I will recommend to everyone who wants to try it to go to Sweden in August to experience it. People are very festive and welcoming around this time so I am sure you’ll find some great people to celebrate with, I know I won’t miss it again.