Scandinavian Midsummer

Midsummer, an observation of the longest day of the year, is celebrated in each of the Scandinavian countries. Originally a pagan holiday, Midsummer is celebrated on the day of John the Baptist and is now held on the weekend closest to the summer solstice. In Sweden the celebration takes place around a maypole that is… More Scandinavian Midsummer

Nordic National Days

On the 4th of July we celebrate our Independence Day. Nearly every country has a day that they celebrate their country’s formation or independence or freedom. Here is a short reminder of the Nordic independence days, three of which fall in June! This year we’re honoring these holidays with celebration kits for Denmark, Finland, Norway,… More Nordic National Days

Syttende Mai – Norway’s Constitution Day

Syttende Mai A brief history and how to celebrate from anywhere – The 17th of May (Syttende Mai) is Norway’s Constitution Day, a wonderful spring holiday celebrated with red, white and blue ribbons and flags, national costumes and big smiles as Norwegians everywhere mark the historic signing of their Constitution (Grunnloven) in 1814. That year… More Syttende Mai – Norway’s Constitution Day