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 thoughts on “Let’s celebrate!

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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    1. 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… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  9. 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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