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Walpurgis Eve at Skansen, Djurgården, Stockholm
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Things to do

Walpurgis Night and May Day

This is the night of the bonfire in Sweden, traditionally believed to ward off evil spirits, but now a festive way of getting rid of excess gardening odds and ends.

Expect a lot of Swedish flags around as King Carl XVI Gustaf celebrates his birthday on Walpurgis, and on May Day, there’s a host of parades and festivals.

When:

April 30th and May 1st 

Where:

At a local park or at Skansen; a historical open-air museum in Stockholm holding the biggest Walpurgis celebrations in Sweden.

Who:

Family, friends and lovers. Any excuse for a bonfire and singing.

How to do it like a local:

Just sing or hum along and be happy in general about the fact summer is coming.