Afton – Swedes’ favourite celebration

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In the UK, we celebrate ‘Days’ such as Christmas Day & Easter Day. But in Sweden, it is always the Eve ( ‘afton’) that is the big celebration time. There’s Julafton, Påskafton, Valborgsmässoafton, Midsommarafton, nyårsafton, trettondagsafton. Why is this? Anyone know? Cos I’ve always wondered. Surely it can’t just be to get an extra day’s holiday?

One thought on “Afton – Swedes’ favourite celebration

  1. The Nordic custom has its roots in the time before the mechanical clock. A new day began at sunset – instead of today at midnight. The Scandinavians kept to this condition and therefore celebrate Christmas the evening before 25 December.

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