Sweden has many holidays and traditions worth celebrating and remembering. The Sveaborg Society are arranging many events during the year and the main events are listed below. We are always open for suggestions and ideas of new events and opportunities to meet up and spend some quality time together, so not all events are listed here.
Every year Sveaborg meets on a Saturday close to June 24th to celebrate Midsummer. This is a very popular event that brings a very large attendance. Come spend the day with traditional Midsummer music, food, and drinks. Kids and adults a like will enjoy one of the longest days of the year in typical Swedish fashion.
- Sveaborg celebrates Midsummer on one of the Saturdays close to June 24th
- Raising and dancing around the May Pole
- Traditional music
- Lots of food and drinks
More about Midsummer (from Wikipedia.com): Midsummer, also referred to as Litha by some Wiccans and other Neopagans, refers to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice and the religious celebrations that accompany it. Also called “Midsommar” in Swedish, Midsummer-related holidays, traditions and celebrations, many of which are non-Christian in origin (apart from the designation “St John’s Day”), are particularly important in Finland and Sweden, but found also in other parts of Northern Europe, Britain and elsewhere.
Kräftskiva (Crayfish Party)
Since the Swede’s do not have the convenience of the Maryland Crab they enjoy a summertime favorite, crayfish. This is a great summer event that everyone enjoys, since it combines nice weather, good company, and yummy crayfish.
- Save Maryland Crabs
- Enjoy the company of other Swedes
- Remind yourself of summers in Sweden
- Wash it down with a cold beverage
More about Crayfish Parties (from Wikipedia.com): A crayfish party is a summertime eating and drinking celebration in Sweden (where it is known as a kräftskiva) and in Finland (where it is in Finnish known as Rapujuhlat). The parties are generally held during August, a tradition which started because Swedish crayfishharvesting was for most of the 20th century legally limited to late summer.
Ärtsoppa och pannkaka (Pea Soup and Pancakes)
It is pea soup and pancake time for Sveaborg. This annual event does not occur on a Thursday, but the pea soup and pancakes are just as good on the weekend. Be sure to come hungry so you can have room for the soup, pancakes, and other traditional foods.
- Pea soup and Swedish pancakes
- Yes, the event is on a weekend night, so no need to wait till the next Thursday
- Other fine Swedish foods are served as well
More about pea soup (from Wikipedia.com): As Finland was until 1809 part of the Swedish Realm, Sweden and Finland share many cultural traditions, including that of the pea soup (Swedish ärtsoppa; Finnish hernekeitto ; Danish gule ærter), usually eaten on Thursdays, served with pork and mustard and accompanied by pancakes for dessert. However, in Finland it is made of green peas, in Sweden yellow. The tradition of eating pea soup and pancakes on Thursdays is said to originate in the pre-Reformation era, as preparation for fasting on Friday.
Sveaborg members love the taste of home and with the Smorgasbord events there are many dishes that will take you back to Sweden and remember the foods from home that are not found at your local American grocery stores.
- See lots of Swedish food
- Eat lots of Swedish food
- Have conversations in Swedish
- Start over
More about smorgasbord (from Wikipedia.org): In English, the word smorgasbord refers to any buffet with a variety of dishes. The Swedish word smörgåsbord is a combination of the words smörgås, meaning sandwich (or, more strictly, “slice of bread and butter”), and bord, which means table. So, a smörgåsbord is literally a sandwich table. This is a bit of a misnomer, however, since the table normally has a lot more than sandwiches on it.
Vinprovningar (Wine tastings)
Ok, so the Swede’s did not invent wine, but they sure are good at drinking it. The wine tasting event is a great socializing event to enjoy the company of members while learning about wines from different regions of the world and snacking away on appetizers.
- Sample and learn about wines from a certain region
- Enjoy appetizers that go along great with the wines of choice
- Enjoy socializing
- List an important product feature
- Lucia train
- Children learn about this Swedish tradition
- Celebration happens around December 13th
More about Lucia (from Wikipedia.com): St. Lucia Day (Sankta Lucia, also known as St. Lucy’s Day) is a holiday dedicated to St. Lucy and is observed on December 13. It marks, together with Advent, the beginning of the Christmas season in Scandinavia. It is celebrated in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Bosnia, and Croatia. Before the reform of Gregorian calendar in the 16th century, St. Lucy’s Day fell on the winter solstice.