Local Traditions are an essential part of every culture in the world and can appear very exotic in the eyes of foreign visitors. Safon Website offers you some of the Nordic culinary traditions like salmon, smoked salmon, marinated “gravlax”, marinated herring, matjes, gratin of potatoes with anchovies, smoked eel, fish eggs, shrimp, meatballs, akvavit , beer, etc. Here we list some of the Scandinavian holiday traditions practiced during the holidays.
The celebration of Easter begins on Holy Thursday. The children paint their faces in bright colors, put shawls and long skirts, and go from house to house and collect candy. During the Easter holiday, the sky is filled with crackling fireworks and firecrackers, who according to tradition will turn away evil spirits and witches. During the eve of Easter, people pain colorful eggs, and children receive an Easter egg in a carton as a gift, filled with treats.
On April 30, during the Walpurgis night, the setting of “fires of spring” and songs greet the arrival of spring
The feast of St. John is perhaps best known in Sweden. On June 24 is “Midsommardagen”. That day, all the inhabitants of the countries of the north stand on a mat decorated with branches of birch and flowers, around which they dance and sing. Midsummer is celebrated all around the countryside. The festive atmosphere is everywhere, when summer is at its peak, in countries where the heat and the summer foliage are experienced as priceless treasures.
In the month of August, the crayfish parties are hectic and quite sound: light colored lanterns fill the sky, you fest on crayfish of akvavit liquor. It is certainly an unforgettable experience. Moreover, there are the celebrations of “surströmming‘, where you can taste this fermented Baltic herring.
This day is celebrated in memory of Lucia who sacrificed on 13 December 304 CE for having embraced Christianity. A girl is selected to wear a crown of candles on her head and a white gown representing the saint. In the schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces the celebration is accompanied by songs, “glögg” wine, biscuits, and “pepparkakor” cinnamon buns.
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