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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Walpurgis Night holiday

Tomorrow is the holiday in Sweden known as Walpurgis, or Valborg, in Swedish. While tomorrow is an official holiday, many of the celebrations for Walpurgis will be taking place today on Walpurgis Eve.

The way Valborg is celebrated depends quite a bit on the city in Sweden. In the larger traditional student cities such as Lund and Uppsala, there will be a large party in the city from morning to the evening. In almost all cities, large bonfires are lit starting in the late afternoon.

Göteborg Cortége - 100 year anniversary
In Göteborg there is a tradition called Cortége, where the students at Chalmers organise a parade with truck carriages, depicting events in a satirical or comic way that have occured since the last parade. This year is the 100 year anniversary of the Cortége so Göteborg will have having a larger parade than usual. The parade starts at 18.15 from Chalmers and parades through the entire city.

Borås celebration
There will be a celebration in Annelunds parken, a band, and hopefully a bonfire.

Friday
Shops will be closed tomorrow as it is an official bank holiday.

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