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Valborg is here!

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This weekend is a favorite among the Swedes..

Today is one of Sweden’s most popular holiday weekends – Valborg. In English it’s known as Walpurgis Night and is quite a common tradition throughout most of Europe. Originally named after a missionary, Saint Walburga, there isn’t much religious ties to it in Sweden today.

Traditions are quite different today and many smaller towns celebrate in their own way. In Linköping you’ll find a lot of people starting their day with a champagne breakfast in the park and later moving to the local castle. Gothenburg has an annual parade that attracts around 250 000 people. In Umeå you’ll find small bonfires throught the town.

As with Umeå, Stockholm has smaller bonfires around the city. The closest bonfire to the Tower of Love is Skansen. There will be a few speeches and some singing at Skansen starting at 3 PM and their bonfire will be lit at 9 PM.

This is a time of year where some people may drink a few too many beers so if you’re going to any of these communal gatherings remember – all things in moderation!

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