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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Walpurgis Eve Celebration on Friday

On Friday April 30th is the holiday in Sweden known as Walpurgis Eve, or Valborgsmässoafton, in Swedish. It will be celebrated all over the country, as every year, and though the traditions may vary between different cities, it is common to have a big, public bonfire and choir-singing on this day. Above all, it is a day to celebrate the beginning of spring. Also, students of Chalmers in Gothenburg arrange a big parade called the Cortége every year on April 30th. The procession starts at 18.15 from Chalmers, in Gothenburg, and then parades through the city.

In Borås, Valborg will be celebrated with a speech at Stora Torget and a bonfire at Annelundsparken amongst other things. Here is the schedule for the day:

17.30 A parade will go from Knalletorget to Stora torget.
17.45 The band Borås Kulturskolas Ungdomsorkester will play at Stora Torget
18.00 Choir-singing by Borås Manskör and speech by Eva Stenbäcken, at Stora Torget
18.30 Bonfire, choir-singing and speech at Annelundsparken.

You can find out more about the celebration of Walpurgis and other Swedish holidays on the website http://www.sweden.se/.

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