Embracing Swedish Traditions: A Guide to Celebrating Holidays

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As the seasons change and the year progresses, Sweden comes alive with a vibrant calendar of holidays, each steeped in unique traditions. Here at the Swedish Gift Store, we want to help you embrace the spirit of these special occasions:

Midsummer (Midsommar): Falling on the Friday between June 19th and 25th (Mon June 24, 2024) Midsummer marks the arrival of summer. Gatherings with loved ones, maypole dances, and feasts featuring herring, potatoes, and strawberries are the hallmarks of this joyous celebration.

National Day of Sweden (Sveriges nationaldag): On June 6th, Sweden commemorates its national pride with parades, concerts, and a sea of waving flags. This day honors the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523 and the adoption of a new constitution in 1809.

Saint Lucia's Day (Sankta Lucia): On December 13th, Sweden welcomes the start of the Christmas season with processions of young girls dressed in white, their heads adorned with wreaths of candles. Saint Lucia symbolizes the return of light during the darkest time of the year.

Christmas (Jul): Swedes usher in the festive season with Advent in late November/early December. Homes are adorned with twinkling lights and candles, while families gather for traditional meals of meatballs, ham, and sweet treats. Christmas Eve holds the most significance, with families exchanging gifts and enjoying a memorable feast.

Easter (Påsk): Celebrated with egg decorating, dressing up as "påskkärringar" (Easter witches), and indulging in delicious treats like pickled herring, salmon, and Easter candy, Easter brings joy and renewal. Both Easter Sunday and Monday are public holidays in Sweden.

As these holidays approach, the Swedish Gift Store is your one-stop shop for finding the perfect gifts and decorations to bring a touch of Swedish tradition to your celebrations. Explore our collection of traditional crafts, delicious treats, and festive homeware, and let the spirit of Sweden fill your home!