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xoxosweden.com / News / Traditions

Viidat - The Sami national day

The national day of the Sami is the 6th of February and has been celebrated since 1992. More»

Fourth Sunday of Advent

Almost as important as Lucia in Sweden and this year with only one day to the traditional day of the Christmas Feast in Sweden - Christmas Eve, Dec. 24. More»

Christmas in Sweden: Holiday like no other

It's a festivity when we do everything in our power to spend time with family and friends. More»

Tomasdagen, Tomas Day, Dec. 21.

Christmas stalks, market day and beer: In the old days Tomas Day, December 21, was an important way station. More»

Swedish Christmas Treats

Pepparkakor - regular ginger snaps. White gingersnaps. Ice chocolate. Knäck. Not without my wiener nougat! Saffron pears. More»

A tale of Christmas

One of our readers shares his memories from a Christmas with friends in Sweden - imagine a scene from Ingmar Bergman's Fanny and Alexander. More»

Swedish Lucia, the Queen of Light

The Lucia celebration is something that Swedes themselves, and also the rest of the world consider as the most typical Swedish tradition. More»

Lesser known about Lucia celebrations

In western Sweden it was also customary that the autumn work should be finished the night before Lucia. More»

Advent

The first Sunday of Advent is just as important as Lucia in Sweden. Advent - the four weeks leading up to Christmas. More»

Season of Light

The Season of Advent - almost as important as Lucia in Sweden is the season of Advent, the four weeks leading up to Christmas. More»

Glad Första Advent - Happy First of Advent!

Second only to Sankta Lucia, after Christmas itself, is the time spent in preparation for this important holiday season - during what's known as Advent. More»

The American Thanksgiving

Our 146th Thanksgiving in the U.S. For our readers outside the U.S., here’s a brief history of the American Thanksgiving: More»

All Saints' Day traditions

During Allhelgonahelgen (All Saints Weekend), Sweden’s cemeteries are adorned with flowers and decorated with candlelight in the early winter darkness. More»

Fika (pronounced fee-kuh)

While the Swedish word is making its way into vernacular English, we should hope its concept takes hold in the U.S., too. More»

Famous performers come to Andersonville

ENCORE! ENCORE!
 A unique exhibit is the new home for hundreds of tiny performers from the world-renowned Kungsholm Miniature Grand Opera. More»