The birthplace of the Nobel Peace Prize is indeed an example of what it preaches: Sweden, like Switzerland, is neutral territory. But Sweden has had a history of war-like past when the Vikings were known as more than just able mariners. The land of Volvos, ABBA, the midnight sun, and clothing-optional beaches has more to offer than just its Viking history. In the countryside, rolling hills are verdant, waters are clear and blue, forests are thick and dark, and pastoral red cottages sit pretty atop green knolls. From the holiday point of view, the Swedes are amongst the luckiest people on earth, allowed to take month-long vacations in summer and enjoying a smattering of holidays throughout the year.
New Year – Because the Swedes follow the Gregorian calendar, New Year’s Day is as celebrated here as in other parts of the world that uses the same standard.
Tuesday, 1 January 2013
Twelfth Night – This day celebrates the 12th night after Christmas.
Saturday, 5 January 2013
Epiphany – This day in the Sweden calendar 2013 celebrates the day when the Three Kings found Christ the Child.
Sunday, 6 January 2013
Good Friday – In the Christendom, Good Friday commemorates the death of the Savior in the cross.
Friday, 29 March 2013
Holy Saturday – The Swedes are fond of sandwiching days in between holidays, and Holy Saturday, the day before Christ rose from the dead, is one of them.
Saturday, 30 March 2013
Easter Sunday – Along with Good Friday and Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday is a highly Catholic and Christian tradition, and as such, considered not as national holidays but merely observances in other countries. But in Sweden, Easter Sunday, which celebrates the resurrection of Christ three days after his death, is a national holiday.
Sunday, 31 March 2013
Walpurgis Night – This is Sweden’s version of Halloween, when witches are said to alight in their brooms and invade the night sky. This belief came from the ancient Viking’s ritual of lighting bonfires to scare away evil spirits and welcome the coming of spring.
Tuesday, 30 April 2013
May 1st – Sweden, like all other industrialized countries in the world, honor the contribution of the laborers and workers to the advancement of the economy and of the society in general.
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
National Day – This day in Sweden calendar 2013 celebrates the Swedish flag as a symbol of its nationhood and independence established when King Gustav Vasa was elected on June 6, 1523. Again in 1809, Sweden ratified a new constitution on the same date.
Thursday, 6 June 2013
Midsommarafton and Midsommardagen
Midsummer Eve and Day – Being the Land of the Midnight Sun means that midsummer celebrations are taken seriously and with much revelry. Long before it was institutionalized, Midsommardagen was already a civil celebration that revolved around dancing maypoles when the sun is at its highest and the magic at its strongest.
Friday to Saturday, 21 to 22 June 2013
Alla helgons dag
All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day – This day is very much alike other Christian celebrations around the world when the Swedes pay respect to their departed on this day.
Friday to Saturday, 1 to 2 November 2013
Christmas Eve and Day – As a predominantly Lutheran nation, Sweden believes in the Christian deity and the celebration of His birth on this day.
Tuesday to Wednesday, 24 to 25 December 2013
Boxing Day – Right after gifts are exchanged, this day in the Sweden calendar 2013 marks the day when all presents are ‘boxed’ hence the name of the holiday.
Thursday, 26 December 2013
Have a Happy Sweden Holidays in 2013..!!