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Happy Tulip Day
January 15, 2011 4:29 PM





Now I didn't detect any particular celebration going on around town today. But I thought I might as well enjoy this Saturday with some lovely tulips. And while I was buying them, there were a lot of other people who bought tulips as well. So if nothing else, I'm sure there is an increase in tulip sales today. Lol!

Actually, I almost never buy flowers for myself. But I did really feel like buying some today. And they do fill up the room with some well needed energy and life. Also now that I have traded Christmas decorations for tulips, my apartment feels a lot lighter and brighter. Very nice indeed. :-)

You can read more about why we celebrate Tulip Day in my previous post.

/A.L

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Tulip day, huh?
January 13, 2011 3:43 PM



When I was out walking with Lisen today we passed a flower shop which had this sign placed in front of it.



The text says that, apparently, it is tulip day this Saturday, huh? I had no idea such a day existed, or why? So when I got home I googled it, haha. And it turns out that this is the 21st year we celebrate tulip day in Sweden, the reason for our celebration is to welcome spring.

Now how on earth is this day celebrated then? Well, in some cities florist students hand out tulips to folks who pass them by. Another way to celebrate this day is to buy some tulips and give them to someone who might deserve some extra appreciation.

I also found these fun facts about our relationship with tulips:

- We Swedes are actually "world champions" when it comes to buying tulips. We buy 1 million tulips a day between January and Easter.

- In total we decorate our homes with about 120 million tulips every year!

- And there are about 6000 different tulips in the world, with approximately 400 varieties which are grown in Sweden between January and April, also known as the tulip season.

So I guess tulips are a big deal in Sweden, haha. Maybe I'll scout around town this Saturday to see if I can score some free tulips then, hehe. ;-)

Source: odla.nu

/A.L

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Lucia celebration in Karlskrona
December 13, 2010 9:03 PM



Today we celebrate Lucia in Sweden. Which means that across Sweden you can hear and see Lucia march and sing carols with her entourage of maidens - tärnor and star boys - stjärngossar. On this day we also eat Lucia cats (see my previous post Lucia cats all over the place for more info about these buns).

Here in Karlskrona we choose a Lucia every year to represent our city. Her job is to visit different places around Karlskrona and sing. Tonight it was time for Lucia and her entourage to sing at our town square, Stortorget. So to town I went, even though it was freezing outside! Traditions, traditions, lol!

Below are some pics from this evening, and a short video of Lucia and company singing a traditional Lucia song called "Natten går tunga fjät".





Originally our Lucia celebration is based on the saint Lucia, a holy virgin of the 200's who lived in Syracuse, Sicily. However, her destiny to be killed for her Christian faith has nothing to do with our Swedish Lucia tradition. Actually, our current Lucia tradition did not emerge until the late 1800s. But as long as the Julian calendar was used, the solstice fell on December 13, and Lucia was also a harbinger of better times and longer days.
Sources: nordiskamuseet.se, historiesajten.se


If you want to read more about Swedish Christmas traditions CLICK HERE!

/A.L

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First Sunday of Advent 2010
November 28, 2010 8:54 PM



In Sweden we have a countdown to Christmas, which starts four Sundays before Christmas Eve. And it's called Advent. Advent first, second and so on. This countdown is marked by lighting a candle in an Advent candlestick each Sunday.

Growing up we always ate rice pudding - risgrynsgröt (like a porridge) on these Sunday mornings in my family. And of course this is something I still do, like an obsession. Or perhaps I should call it tradition, LOL!



Here is my bowl of rice pudding I had this morning, topped with cinnamon and sugar. Usually you have milk with it as well, but I prefer without. The rice pudding can be eaten hot or cold. And behind the bowl is my Advent candle stick with the first lit candle.



Another Advent tradition is to have Advent stars and candle sticks lit in your windows. In the left pic you can see how I have decorated my window. The right pic is of my neighbourhood. In this pic you can see how almost every window have these decorations, even though they look tiny, hihi. And now that our Advent season has kicked off, it's time to buckle up, hold on tight, and don't let the stress bugs bite :-p

Origin Advent

Advent is Latin and comes from the Latin word "Adventus Domini" which means "coming of the Lord". Today's Advent celebration is a phenomenon that emerged during the 1900s. Advent stars, Advent candles and Advent calendars became popular in the 1930s in Sweden. Source: nordiskamuseet.se

If you want to read more about our traditions during December, and how I celebrate Christmas - CLICK HERE.

/A.L

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All Saint's day and/or Halloween?
November 7, 2010 11:57 AM

Yesterday it was All Saint's day in Sweden, a day to remember those who have passed away. In the olden days it was believed that in the summer's end and beginning of winter the dead returned home and needed to be guided by candles and bonfires. Which is why we on this day light candles, decorate, and watch over relatives' graves. In Sweden All Saint's day is a public holiday. And I think All Saint's day is international, but I'm not sure?

But because it was only a few years ago we started to celebrate Halloween in Sweden, I always find it confusing to know if All Saint's day and Halloween are celebrated on the same day? Although it does seem like Halloween celebrations took place last weekend, at least in other countries. Still, I don't quite get the difference between them? Hm...




How about you? Do you celebrate All Saint's day and/or Halloween in your country?


/A.L
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Ronneby and cinnamon bun day
October 4, 2010 18:58

My mums partner asked me if I could give him a ride back from Ronneby today, because he sold his car to someone who lives there. I saw this as a perfect opportunity (excuse) to do some shopping :-)

Even though Ronneby is a smaller town than Karlskrona, they do have a few boutiques we don't have. So, I grabbed my mum and shopping we went!

Now, I usually wear/use my favourite things until they are pretty much rags. And what I have been looking for lately is a new handbag. I really didn't think I would find one today, but can you believe it - I actually did! Yay! And here it is:



I also saw a sign that said:




Which means "It's cinnamon bun day today". Naturally I had to buy a cinnamon bun! This one is now in my stomach:



I'm not sure why we celebrate a cinnamon bun day though? Or if it's celebrated just in Sweden? But who cares, lol! Good excuse for a little treat :-)

/A.L
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Some Swedish traditions
September 21, 2010 13:21

I have been working on adding some pages about Sweden to this blog for quite some time now. Today I finally finished two pages of my favourite Swedish traditions. I have written about my experiences of them, a few pics and some history behind the traditions.

I will continually add new pages about different "Sweden" topics. They will be added in "About Sweden" in the menu, and of course I will post whenever I have finished a page.

To visit the new pages, click here --> Traditions or Christmas

Let me know what you think, and if you like the pages please click the like button on them :-)

Thank you!

/A.L
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Results are in...
September 19, 2010 23:12

Unfortunately, I can't say I'm surprised, but it still saddens me that we lost. Another four years of increasing the gaps in society between those who have, and those who don't. However, I must say, what really concerns me about this election outcome is that one party, which have never been in the Swedish Parliament before, managed to get in.

This party is called Sverige Demokraterna - Swedish Democrats. And, regardless of what they try to portray themselves as, they are basically a xenophobic party. Not too extreme - but extreme enough to make me feel like this is a major concern!

Even though "my side" lost, I still feel like the Social Democrats' leader, Mona Sahlin, did the best she could under the circumstances. It's not easy to have a position no one else wants, or refuse to take responsibility for. She stepped up to the plate when no one else had the guts to, and I commend her for that.

I think it's easy to blame others for what went wrong, or is wrong, both in our lives and in society. If you don't like it - do something about it! Don't act like children and do the opposite to demonstrate your discontent, that's when shit happens...

/A.L
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Time to vote!
September 19, 2010 12:16

Today is the big election day here in Sweden. Will our Parliament remain the same for another four years or not? Well, however you vote, I think the most important thing is that you do vote! So this morning I grabbed Lisen and wandered to my local polling house here in Lyckeby to cast my vote.



Lisen waiting for me while I'm in the yellow house voting.

/A.L
 
 
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Tulip day, huh?
Lucia celebration in Karlskrona
First Sunday of Advent 2010
All Saint's day and/or Halloween?
Ronneby and cinnamon bun day
Some Swedish traditions
Results are in...
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