Let’s celebrate!

It was Sweden’s National Day last week.

The Norwegians celebrate their day with parades and joy and noise on the streets and the Irish have beer and hats and shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day …

… while the Swedes aren’t quite sure what it is they are celebrating.

There is singing and dancing in traditional clothes.

Look! I spied this woman gearing up the day before and snapped this shot from a restaurant window.

There is the embracing of other cultures and traditions. We were lucky enough to see this dance group from Lithuania. Such pretty costumes and just look at the delightful expression on the face of the girl on the right! (No, not my right – your right!)

The flags in the breeze seem to be celebrating a new kind of ‘Swedishness’ – something that goes beyond being proud of your country to the opening up of attitudes towards others, to something that breathes tolerance and acceptance for all.

And I guess that is something worth celebrating – or, at least, striving for.

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44 responses

  1. Celebrating fun things is always a good thing. Today we in the US celebrate Flag Day. I’m sorry to say not celebrating is actually going on like it should be.

    Love the photos.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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    June 14, 2010 at 16:28

  2. Very, very cool. I love all the little festivals that Europeans have.

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    June 14, 2010 at 16:41

  3. Di

    It’s completely worth celebrating! Today is Flag Day here in the U.S. I think it’s an odd holiday since our 4th Of July has flags everywhere, as does our Memorial Day, as does our Veterans Day, Pearl Harbor Day. You’d think we could just wrap them all into one Holiday. *sigh* Guess we just love holidays here in the U.S. *smiles*

    Di

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    June 14, 2010 at 16:45

  4. amy

    Can imagine the biggest celebration will be next weekend when the crown princess marries her beloved Daniel…it is certainly being hyped up here in Norway so I can only imagine how excited the Swedes are…

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    June 14, 2010 at 16:49

    • The whole country has wedding fever!

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      June 15, 2010 at 18:39

  5. It all looks very colourful. Hope the royal wedding will give everyone a nice warm feeling šŸ™‚

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    June 14, 2010 at 17:29

  6. If Sweden celebrates tolerance and acceptance for all, then I’m proud to claim Swedish ancestry (among my Heinz 57 variety of ancestors.)

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    June 14, 2010 at 18:10

  7. Hi Fi,
    I like the traditional costumes that often accompany these festivals. (And the dancing.)

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    June 14, 2010 at 18:30

  8. As you know, this day was until recently “The Swedish Flag Day”, so there is no real tradition. The poor English have nothing really, yes, St George’s Day, but nobody pays any attention to it, it is deemed jingoistic, racist and all sorts of things, at least by quite a number of people. Do you celebrate St George’s Day?

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    June 14, 2010 at 18:33

    • I’m not really into celebrating any National Day and would much rather celebrate an International Day!

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      June 14, 2010 at 20:12

  9. lilalia

    What fun! It’s wonderful to celebrate with family and friends and all the others as well.

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    June 14, 2010 at 18:38

  10. I love your honesty…”not sure what we should be celebrating.” Ha!

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    June 14, 2010 at 19:41

  11. I love reading about the cultures/holidays/celebrations of your country. So very different from mine.

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    June 14, 2010 at 20:11

    • Sweden is my adopted country. I come from Britain.

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      June 15, 2010 at 18:39

  12. thanks for showing us šŸ™‚

    Aloha from Waikiki

    Comfort Spiral

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    June 14, 2010 at 20:42

  13. tolerance is worth celebrating. worth valuing. so often our u.s. holidays are about us and strictly having to do with our country’s achievements, because they’re national holidays, that we don’t recognize the others. what a wonderful insight into the swedish mindset.

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    June 14, 2010 at 22:17

  14. tolerance and acceptance of all is a marvelous goal…what a cool celebration…

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    June 14, 2010 at 22:39

  15. Sounds like a fine reason for celebrating to me.

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    June 15, 2010 at 00:04

  16. Clive

    We have parades as well and lots of noise – and drinking and singing and a lot of the time too much of all of those!

    The Swedish celebrations sound a lot more refined!

    We have hidden in Disneyland Paris for St Patrick’s Day for the past eight years and missed all the partying at home! Mickey’s version of celebrating Paddy’s Day is a lot more appealing to the kids!

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    June 15, 2010 at 00:12

  17. I say any reason for a celebration that looks as lovely as this.

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    June 15, 2010 at 02:18

  18. I’m with you on celebrating an international day. There’s way too much nationalism in the world. Still, Sweden is one of the better ones.

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    June 15, 2010 at 03:19

  19. what a great celebration! let’s celebrate our differences.:p

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    June 15, 2010 at 05:14

  20. Oh, yes! tolerance and acceptance is a marvelous goal indeed! And I always love your delightful sense of humor — when we can’t find something to make us smile or laugh, then we are indeed in serious trouble. And I love the expression on the young woman’s face — yes, on my right! Great post for the day! Now if the rest of the world could learn to see the beauty and the humor in all things, what a terrific world it could be! Have a great week! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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    June 15, 2010 at 05:21

  21. Wonderful celebrations.
    Thank you for sharing Lady Fi.
    Our country just turn 112th last Saturday.
    Salute to our country.

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    June 15, 2010 at 05:29

    • Thanks. Sweden is my adopted country as I’m British (but have been living here for the past 13 years).

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      June 15, 2010 at 05:50

  22. Love the spirit of celebrations you captured in these shots. Lovely.

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    June 15, 2010 at 05:33

  23. The Swedes always dress so..so..swedish! Love the red socks! Today was flag day, I kinda think that everyday should be flag day..all it amounts to here is a few old geezers put out their flags for one day:)

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    June 15, 2010 at 06:02

  24. what about you, were you dressed in your traditional dress?

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    June 15, 2010 at 06:19

    • I’m not Swedish but British – so no, I don’t have a traditional dress (unless you count baggy sweat pants!)…

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      June 15, 2010 at 18:40

  25. loved your pics and the absolutely wise commentary

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    June 15, 2010 at 06:42

  26. Wonderful shots of celebrations.

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    June 15, 2010 at 06:58

  27. If all nationalities will have that spirit of tolerance like most Scandinavians have, there will be peace and harmony in the world.

    You are an inspiration Lady Fi. Great story!

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    June 15, 2010 at 07:21

  28. I’m all for tolerance and acceptance for all!! A very worthy thing to strive for šŸ™‚

    Happy Swedish Day

    C x

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    June 15, 2010 at 09:55

  29. Great photograph of the dancers!

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    June 15, 2010 at 10:45

  30. Did Sweden ever fight a war for independence with anyone? Or do they just like dressing up in big skirts and knickers?

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    June 15, 2010 at 11:00

    • No, they were never involved in a war of independence and were sort of neutral in WW2. They just like wearing long dresses and big knickers… šŸ˜‰

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      June 15, 2010 at 18:38

  31. Somehow all this seems rather quaint, but welcome. Better than military parades and flag waving. The expression on the dancer’s face is priceless.

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    June 15, 2010 at 11:01

    • Yes, most of Sweden is quaint! Delightfully so.

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      June 15, 2010 at 18:37

  32. LadyFi: How interesting, Sweden is such a beautiful country. Thanks for sharing the celebration.

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    June 15, 2010 at 13:44

  33. Fabulous costumes and colors, looks like a wonderful celebration. Beautiful images!

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    June 15, 2010 at 15:15

  34. The Purple Pig won’t eat you–just your bacon.

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    June 15, 2010 at 19:39

  35. I forgot about it. šŸ˜¦

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    June 15, 2010 at 23:12

  36. I love a good celebration. This one sounds lovely. Thanks for sharing,
    jj

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    June 16, 2010 at 07:37

  37. I am dying to visit Sweden. As I read blogs from ppl who live all over Europe it just makes me wish I were there even more.

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    June 17, 2010 at 05:52

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