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First SomethingSwedish VIDEO: Valborg in Halmstad, celebrating Spring in Sweden

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Last year was my first time experiencing the celebration of Valborg in Sweden. Here, let this link to last years post refresh your memory: **Links are currently broken – search for “Valborg- How We Welcome Spring in Sweden” to learn more about this tradition **

This year I decided to do something a bit different – I decided that text and photos are no longer enough for the fans, friends, and family of SomethingSwedish – so I started a Youtube channel, recorded a video, edited it, and am now sharing it for your viewing pleasure!

A lot of you have said how it feels like you are living vicariously through my words and captured moments, I want it to feel like you are really in Sweden with me. A picture can say a thousand words, but is that enough to feel the atmosphere, hear the language, and listen to the music?

Enjoy this video of the Valborg celebration, I hope it to be the first of many! Tell me what you think and what you want to see videos of next!

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4 thoughts on “First SomethingSwedish VIDEO: Valborg in Halmstad, celebrating Spring in Sweden

  1. Good video but needed some exsplaining on just what was going on

    • On Valborg you light big fires to scare the witches away and it is also mixed together with celebrating the coming of spring so people usually sing spring-welcoming songs. Also if it is a more informal/private fire you usually barbecue something in the fire and have a couple of beers but that does not happen on these bigger official events for obvious reasons. It is a very un-complicated holiday.

      However putting that fire in the middle of a canal and then also kayaking around it in formation, that is only done in Halmstad as far as i know. Usually it is done just in a field or park. Without kayaks haha. The ritual in the video has no specific traditional meaning it is done just for fun.

      • Thanks for replying, Dubium – much appreciated! Hope you enjoyed it! Kayaking around the fire really does make it look more ceremonial! Additionally, if you’re not on board with the witches explanation, the big fires scare away predators from live stock on farms since its the time when the farm animals are released into the fields.

      • I enjoyed it as always when i read your blog even if i do not comment very often. :)
        That alternative explanation also makes sense, i think there probably have been several various reasons. People like to burn stuff because it is fun. Maybe they usually had a lot of old grass and twigs and whatever to burn when spring came? Traditionally everybody burned off the old grass from the land in spring, they still do here and there out in the countryside. But i am not really sure it still is legal, for safety reasons and for that climate-debate thing. When i was a kid in the eighties they burned much more stuff outside everywhere all year round so the further back you go the more common it was with fires i guess.

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