Gustav Adolf Day (6 Nov). Gothenburg celebrates the royal founder of the city on the anniversary of his death (l95).
St Martin’s Day (10-11 Nov). Roast goose and black soup containing goose blood are served at parties for St Martin of Tours and Martin Luther.
Nobel Day (10 Dec). The year’s Nobel Prize laureates are honoured in a ceremony at Konserthuset (Concert Hall) and a banquet in Stadshuset (City Hall) attended by the King and Queen. Lucia Celebrations (13 Dec). Sweden’s chosen Lucia, with her girl attendants and star boys, serves the Nobel laureates morning coffee with saffron buns and
performs traditional songs. In the evening a Lucia procession winds through the capital to celebrations and fireworks at Skansen. Similar Lucia processions take place throughout Sweden and, on a smaller scale, in many homes and schools. Christmas Markets throughout Sweden (from early Dec). The markets at Skansen and Stortorget in Stockholm are particularly atmospheric.
Christmas (24-26 Dec). Filled with traditions, Christmas is the most important Swedish holiday. The main
Lucia, the Queen of Light, with her attendants at Skansen event is Christmas Eve when an abundant smorgasbord is followed by gifts. Christmas Day often begins with a church service.
New Year (31 Dec-1 Jan). People go out on the town. Celebrations are televised from Skansen, including a traditional midnight reading of Tennyson’s Ring out wild bells… Church bells peal and there are spectacular fireworks displays.
Northern Lights over Jokkmokk on a cold winter night.
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