Viidát - The Sami national day
The national day of the Sami is the 6th of February and has been celebrated since 1992. It's then that the memory of the first Sami congress is celebrated, which happened in Trondheim in 1917. The decision to have a national day was made at the 15th Sami conference in Helsinki. READ MORE »
For the love of semla
A Swedish-U.S. baker turned traditional semlor into a Valentine's Day treat. (Any reason is a good reason for a semla!) READ MORE »
What does Knut have to do with the holidays?
In Scandinavia, the end of Christmas means more celebrating. Swedes in particular stretch out the festivities for another week until January 13, which is the Swedish name day of Knut. READ MORE »
Happy Continuation of the New Year!
Another of the common well-wishes in Sweden this time of the year. READ MORE »
'Nu är det Jul igen..'
It is Christmas once again. It is the season to be jolly, to enjoy the hectic activities which all in some way reflect the Christmas spirit. How ever we celebrate, let us do it with all our hearts. God Jul 2016. READ MORE »
Winter solstice signals lighter days ahead
Daylight hours increase steadily providing winter weary with longer access to the light. READ MORE »
God Jul - Hyvaa Joulua - Gledelig Jol
Jultomten (Swedish) - Santa Claus (English) - Julemanden (Danish) - Joulupukki (Finnish) - Jólasveinn (Icelandic) - Julenissen (Norwegian).
Christmas is and was for a long time one of the most important holidays of the year in all of Scandinavia.
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Tomasdagen, Tomas Day, Dec. 21.
Christmas stalks, market day and beer: In the old days Tomas Day, December 21, was an important way station. READ MORE »
Swedish Christmas Treats
Pepparkakor - regular ginger snaps. White gingersnaps. Ice chocolate. Knäck. Not without my wiener nougat! Saffron pears. READ MORE »
Christmas is for the birds
The great gift of realizing why so many of us yearn for Christmas. READ MORE »Premium
Swedish Christmas in America 2016
Find a Swedish celebration near you through our comprehensive guide, covering all of Sweden in America. READ MORE »
Lucia and Nobel Week
Swedish Americans celebrate on any date in early December. But in Sweden, Sankta Lucia and her train of maidens and star boys come only on December 13, which happens to fall during Nobel Week. READ MORE »
Advent, bered en väg
Varje år lyssnar vi på texter från gamla tider om Jesus som rider in i Jerusalem och om barnet som föds i Betlehem. Vi gör det för vi behöver påminnas om hoppet och längtan. Hoppet och längtan efter en bättre värld efter mer rättvisa, sanning och kärlek. Hur ser det ut i ditt liv, vad längtar du efter? Vad hoppas du ska hända? READ MORE »
Outside in northern Sweden with Blossa 16
After several years with native flavors of different countries, the unique glögg drinking experience returns home this holiday.
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Advent, prepare the way
Every year we listen to texts from ancient times and the child born in Bethlehem. We do it because we need to be reminded of hope and longing, the hope and desire for a better world, for more justice, truth and love. How does your life look, what do you long for? What do you hope will happen? READ MORE »
Första Advent: Preparing the way
Depending on when the last Thursday of November falls in any given year, Americans are still digesting their Thanksgiving feast when the first Sunday of Advent follows just three days later. Some Christians may find it difficult to thoroughly separate and distinguish these close-together holidays, but many of us do find a way! Especially those of us with Swedish heritage. READ MORE »
The macabre history of executioners
To become an executioner in the early 1600s was no small feat. The chosen for the despised job first got an ear cut off and was then branded on the cheek with a red-hot knife. READ MORE »
All Saints' Day Traditions
Swedes are celebrating 'Allhelgonahelgen' while Americans observe Halloween this weekend. READ MORE »
An important day later this week ...
October 14: 'The Day of the shrimp sandwich'. Are you 'gliding along on a shrimp sandwich?' Meaning .. READ MORE »
Events at the living museum
Philadelphia's American Swedish Historical Museum offers a smörgåsbord of festivities year round. READ MORE »
Thank you Jamestown!
It is a rare occasion when you feel welcomed by an entire town, but I have all of Jamestown, NY to thank for making me feel welcomed, happy and completely at home. READ MORE »
Countdown to crayfish
August 8: Sweden is known for its various seafood specialties, especially in the late summer when certain crustaceans are mature and fresh. Maybe the country takes a month off because its lucky citizens are in a constant cycle of eating various delicacies … and recovering from everything that must be consumed with them. READ MORE »
Historic Midsummer at Sveadal
Families and friends celebrate several anniversaries READ MORE »
Midsummer in New York 2016
To a backdrop of the ferries and the Statue of Liberty in the harbor, New York might actually be one of the greatest places ever to celebrate midsummer. READ MORE »
Midsummer in numbers
Alcohol, herring, strawberries and other food along with schnapps songs. READ MORE »
Happy Father's Day!
Wishing all fathers, a happy father's day (with a few earlier examples of fathers in Sweden...) READ MORE »
Taking the waters
What happened to "taking the waters" in Sweden? Did it ever cure anything or was it just a way for the rich to mingle? READ MORE »
Skaal to Vasa's 2016 akvavit competition!
Every year the entries to the competition and presentations become more delicious and creative. READ MORE »
Fewer Midsummer babies in Sweden
Midsummer is ..sun, herring, snaps, flowers, dance and baby breeding. READ MORE »
Scandinavian Festival in Jamestown
Sweden's popular dance band, Donnez, performs in its first-ever appearance in the U.S. at the Scandinavian Folk Festival in Jamestown, New York. READ MORE »
Pomp and circumstance in Atlanta
Seven Swedish guys get together to sing some songs, and 20 years later they've got a lot to celebrate. READ MORE »
A Swedish midsummer is "endless" summer with sun, fun, great food, flowers, dancing and joy ... a piece of Swedish culture to be proud of. READ MORE »
A Swedish Midsummer!
'Svensk Midsommar' - the traditions, the table and a selection of the most popular recipes. READ MORE »
National Day celebrations in the U.S.
Swedish celebrations from sea to shining sea: 'Nationaldagsfiranden' across America READ 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. READ MORE »
Midsummer in Swedish America 2016
If you think you missed a Midsummer celebration, think again - because there are still some celebrations scheduled in different parts of the U.S. Check our comprehensive listing here. READ MORE »
Our Cultural Luggage
A fiddler in Oakland, California recently performed a concert of music the early Swedish immigrants brought with them to America. This concert got Swedish American Kitty Hughes thinking about the ways cultural traditions are needed and shared. READ MORE »
Kurbits painters have more fun
The iconic, floral painting that grew out of a folk tradition more than one hundred years before the Swedish immigrants brought it to the U.S., has its own distinct style still in use today. READ MORE »
Ascension Day - Kristi Himmelsfärds Dag
Many days off, usually followed by 'klämdagar' (in-between-days) when most people are off work and school, signify springtime in Sweden. READ MORE »
Första Maj - May First
Traditionally a worker’s day, May First in Sweden has become a day to make voices heard for a variety of causes - school, the housing situation, even fishing in a lake ... READ MORE »