Leif Erickson Day

Leif Erickson Day was declared a national holiday in 1964 by Lyndon B. Johnson. On October 9 each year, celebrations occur to honor this Greenlander, but why? Leif Erickson was only twenty years old, in year 1,000, when he became a missionary for King Olaf of Norway. His task from this powerful leader was to… More Leif Erickson Day

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‚Äôs 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