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xoxosweden.com / News / Traditions

Hunting: Sweden's living heritage

Swedes gear up for hunting season. As the summer comes to an end, fall inevitably draws nearer, and with fall comes the hunting season. The moose hunt is usually front-page news in Sweden when it begins in different parts of the country from early October. Almost 300,000 camouflaged Swedes – including the Swedish king! – migrate to the forests. More»

The gun, the dog and the thermos

Culture and hunting in Sweden and the United States More»

Swedish traditions: 'Kraftskivan' - your own crayfish party

Crayfish, crawfish, in Swedish simply kraftor [kr'ef:tor] Checklist, how to create your own. More»

Countdown to crayfish

Sweden is known for its various seafood specialties, especially in the late summer when certain crustaceans are mature and fresh. More»

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»