Swedish traditions

Celebrating the winter solstice – a reflection on sacrifices, pagan ways and little folk…

Today is the winter solstice. In many ways, this calls for a huge celebration – we have turned the corner, peeps, and slowly, slowly, the light will return to warm the frozen ground. In countries such as mine, so far north as to extend beyond the Artic Circle, winter is the season of extended nights […]

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St Lucy’s Day and the marking of time

St Lucy’s Day – or St Lucia as we say here in Sweden—is a celebration of light when winter is at its darkest. Prior to adopting the Gregorian calendar back in the 18th century, the Swedish calendar had St Lucia falling on the darkest day of the year, the midwinter solstice, and…What? You’ve never heard

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Wishing upon a star

Today is a good day. Since the longest night of the year (Sunday to Monday), the day has increased with two minutes. Now why do i hear some of you laughing out loud? Two minutes is two minutes – enough to read your horoscope in, to solve three crossword clues or finalise the Sudoku –

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