Friday, April 30, 2010
Tonight there will be fires all over Sweden and we will sing our traditional songs - where I live we have formed a very samll choir - I am the only alto - and will sing by the fire.
It was not possible to include the song so it´s just a link:
Ok - after some comments below I will fill in some details- although I admit that I will have to google because I have forgot why we do this... but the thing is that on the last day of april we light fires and gather around them and mostly listen to a choir sining traditional songs. There might also be speeches "saluting the spring coming" - I have been given one or two during my career - it is usually some politician or entrepreneur or community member of some sort that gives the speech...
Where I lived before I belonged to the church choir and we usually started inside church with some more complicated songs and then - as dusk came - we went outside to the fire and sang the traditional songs.
So I googled and the origin is hedonic - we celebrated the death and it was believed that the border between life and death was at the weakest this day. Today we celebrate spring and there are often fireworks as well.
It is also traditional that there are student choirs - hence the white caps you can see if you followed the youtube link - those caps are for people who graduated ...college maybe, the school you examine from to be able to go to university. I did but I have no cap because that was during the seventies and I was a radical and too revolutionary to do anything traditional... and tonight I will sing and love it and be proud to be here!