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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»

'Mors Dag' - Mother's Day in Sweden

Here in the U.S. on May 12, in Sweden on May 26. With the exception of florists not a big day for merchants in Sweden; Flowers, a drawing and extra attention does it. More»

Easter or Påsk, a Swedish tradition of traditions

After Christmas and Midsummer, Easter is probably the most celebrated holiday of the year in Sweden. More»

Preparing for Easter

The holy days before Easter have a unique history in Sweden. More»

Waffles for Our Lady

Waffle Day is Monday. End of March brings out the urge for waffles in Swedes, a sweet tradition created through, well, a mispronunciation. More»

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»