Sweden has a Bank Holiday on Thursday for May Day and on the Wednesday evening the Scandinavians celebrate Valborg..
For most of the Swedes though, Valborg just means the end of the winter season and there is no better way to celebrate it than singing Spring songs. Spring songs and choral singing are very typical of the Swedish Valborg celebrations, with many of the traditional songs dating from as back as the 19th century. The most popular and traditional spring festivities are held in the old university towns of Uppsala, Lund and Gothenburg, with its famous carnival parade.
Current and graduated students party all day and all night, and even perhaps longer than that, wearing all the time their characteristic white graduation caps. Valborg is a double national festivity in Sweden because King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrates his birthday on Valborg’s day, 30th of April. Swedish flags are raised all around the country to salute him and show him respect.
Text taken from Scandinavica.com
On Valborg I will go to a party on Gamla Stan, beef stew apparently which will ruin my diet, oh well. I am still off the booze though and havent had a proper drink since around Easter time. Cant say I miss it either.
On May Day, my dear friend Miguel wants me to go and watch the Communist rallies. Miguel and I go way back to our Young Liberal days so yes we are both political anoraks really. I may go if I have time though Nick the Swede has invited me to watch Hammarby away at Syrianska which is team made up of Assyrians I believe from Södertalje. Sounds like a great day off, politics and football!