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Stockholm - National holidays

25th March - Annunciation Day.
It is no longer an official holiday and also known as Våffeldagen or Waffle Day. Why this day became a day of eating Swedish waffles is not certain.

30th April
It is an important day to keep in mind because it is the Eve of Walpurgis and it is King Carl Gustaf XVI's birthday. In the evening big bonfires are lit all over Sweden as a celebration of the return of spring. On this night, winter gives way to spring and darkness is replaced by light. Tradition says that on this important and magical night, bonfires are lit to scare off the witches and other evil spirits so that spring would not be threatened by their presence. Traditional Swedish songs are sung around the bonfires. Bonfires are lit in most neighborhoods.

Last Sunday in May is Mother's day.

The 6th of June is Sweden's National Flag Day. This is not an official holiday, but many buildings will fly the Swedish flag in celebration.

One of the most loved holidays in Sweden is Midsummer. Since 1952 this holiday has not a fixed date. It is celebrated the weekend after the summer solstice (June 21). After a long, dark and cold winter, the celebration of Life at Midsummer was much longed for and joyful event. Events and traditions around Midsummer are all part of a grand tribute to summer, light, love, fertility and healing.

August - Crayfish parties "Kräftor"
The eating of crayfish has expanded into a ritual meal surrounded by all manner of accessories, preferably with an authentic full moon thrown in. It is not an old custom. About 100 years ago the eating of crayfish was banned until late summer and their return to the table in late August became a cause of celebration so the crayfish party was born.

November - Father's day   
2nd Sunday in November

December - Nobel Day   
10th DecemberThe Swedes really make the most of Christmas, coming as it does in the middle of their cold and dark winter.  The Christmas season is not quite over until the 20th day after Christmas day, when the decorations are removed from the tree which is then thrown out into the snow.

December  13 - St Lucia Day
It represents the beginning of the festive season. This Swedish tradition is celebrated in many Swedish homes, schools, offices, hospitals etc. when early in the morning a Queen of Light (as the 13th is said to be the longest and darkest day of the year) together with her pretty young maidens, will appear. There are many tales about how St. Lucia came to Sweden. One legend states that she was originally the patron of Syracuse and dies a martyr's death in 304AD. Sweden started to celebrate Lucia around the middle of the 18th century. Lucia is dressed in a white gown with a red satin waist. Upon her head she wears a crown of candles. She is followed by her maidens, "tärnor," also dressed in white. They advance in lines and sometimes you will see boys in white with paper cone hats, "stjängossar," little Santa Clauses and gingerbread men. They sing traditional carols and bring coffee, gingersnaps and buns with saffron to the house they are caroling.

1st Januay - New Year's Day 

6th January - Epiphany   

March/April - Good Friday /Easter/Easter Monday  

1st May - May Day   

Middle/end May - Ascension Day  

May/June - White Sunday   

End of June - Midsummer's Day  

October/November - All Saints' Day 
24th December - Christmas Eve  

25th December - Christmas Day   

26th December - Boxing Day  

31st December - New Year's Eve  

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