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xoxosweden.com / News / Traditions

A Swedish Midsummer!

'Svensk Midsommar' - the traditions, the table and a selection of the most popular recipes. More»

Midsummer 101

A Swedish midsummer is "endless" summer with sun, fun, great food, flowers, dancing and joy ... a piece of Swedish culture to be proud of. More»

6:e Juni, Nationaldagen

Sweden's National Day is June 6. Only since the early 20th century has it been considered the Day of the Swedish Flag, becoming a national holiday as late as 2004. More»

Today is Ascension Day - Kristi Himmelsfärds Dag

Many days off, usually followed by in-between-days when most people are off work and school, signify springtime in Sweden. More»

'Happy Walpurgis!' Valborg and May First:

Two occasions when nearly every choral singer in the country lets it rip More»

Easter or Påsk, a Swedish tradition of traditions

Wherever you are and on FaceTime, Zoom, Skype or phone, wishing you and yours a safe and healthy, happy Easter. More»

Waffles for Our Lady

Not to forget our important traditions, today is Waffle Day in Sweden. End of March brings out the urge for waffles in Swedes, a sweet tradition created through, well, a mispronunciation. More»

Trettondedag Jul, Tjugondedag Knut?

Thirteenth day of Christmas, Epiphany - what used to be similar to today's Halloween in the 19th century.. More»

Swedish Christmas Treats

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

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»

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»

Advent

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

Happy 'Scandinavian' Thanksgiving in America!

The fourth Thursday of each November is a time of migration all over the United States. More»