Sweden has a complex and fascinating history. Over the years, numerous traditions have given rise to some wonderfully weird, yet significant festivals that are celebrated all over the country. While most of these festivals are a celebration of life and nature, some of the recent ones celebrate music, books and food.
Even the seasons have a say in events in Sweden. Winter is mostly the time for indoor concerts while summer is reserved for unabashed outdoor celebrations. The Kivik Apple Market marks the end of the country’s harvest season with a farmer’s market. While the Umea Kulturnatta celebrates art and culture with music, dance and theatre performances.
Here are some more festivals that are celebrated in Sweden throughout the year. These festivals offer an up and close look at the Swedish culture and people. Pick one of SOTC’s Sweden holiday packages and join in the festivities.
This Swedish festival celebrates the arrival of spring. Though it has roots in paganism, it is celebrated with fervour all over Sweden. People get together and light huge bonfires to welcome spring and keep witches away. They then spend the night dancing away. You can join in the festivities for one of the most unique celebrations.
This is a fairly recent Swedish festival that celebrates diversity and love. It is one of the biggest music festivals in the country, even referred to as Sweden’s Woodstock. Join thousands of music lovers as they enjoy some big names in the business and encourage local talent.
This festival is basically a big street party. The festivities take over the entire city as revellers hop from one party to the next. Join the locals in appreciating the intricacies of ballet or dance to the hip-hop beats. Treat yourself to some delicious street food as you join in.
This is yet another excuse to celebrate life. This Swedish festival is one big party that celebrates the summer season. People come together to dance around beautifully decorated maypoles raised in public parks everywhere. Join the celebrations and enjoy pickled herring throughout the day.