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On Maundy Thursday children in Sweden dress up as witchew and on Skansen the entrance is free for all of them this day. Here they can make brooms and pretend they're taking off for Blåkulla. Nowadays boys also join in dressed up in wizard costumes, and the Bollnäs square, apart from being well swept, is also the venue for a type of Skansen quidditch.
Christmas is a special time of year at Skansen. Here the spirit of celebration lives on, and people can enjoy the ambiance, the music and the preparations first hand. Photographer Ola Högberg captured a few moments of the Christmas spirit at Skansen.
Skansen is the winner of the TRIP Global Award 2012 for being the “Best experience in Sweden”. Skansen was chosen by an international jury and a jury from eight countries. -We´re very proud to be announced the winner, Skansen managing director John Brattmyhr says. We´re constantly working to improve the visitors experience and this award is an indication of us going in the right direction.
The Autumn Fair is held at Skansen on the last weekend in September each year. Tradition claims that Michaelmas fairs used to be held all over Sweden. People traded craft wares, household necessities and farm animals. At Skansen the Autumn Fair is an annual fixture at which one will meet tavern waitresses, stable-lads, farmers and smallholders bringing this year’s produce to market.
Christmas at Skansen is more than a month of events and celebrations - from the opening up of the first Christmas market until the fireworks at New Year´s Eve. This year the first market is held on the 24 or November, and the market weekends are November the 24 – 25th, and December the 1 – 2st , 8 – 9th and 15 – 16th with opening hours from 10 am to 4 pm.
Artur Hazelius, the founder of Skansen, wanted to establish an annual day that would be a patriotic focus for the nation and he chose the sixth of June. This was the day on which, in 1523, Gustav Vasa had been proclaimed king and it was also the day on which the current constitution had been agreed in 1809. Sweden's National Day has been celebrated at Skansen every year since 1893.
The 30th of April is Valborgsmässoafton, Walpurgis night, in Sweden. when we celebrate the arrival of spring with singing, bonfires and fireworks. Students are especially active during Walpurgis night but the celebration goes back to medieval times and like so many other Swedish traditions it has it´s roots in northern Germany.
Easter week is celebrated at Skansen in different ways. In the houses the Easter feast is prepared and traditions explained and on the Bollnäs square there is an Easter market selling birch twigs with the traditional feather decorations, sweets and food. On Maundy Thursday children dress up as witches and on Skansen they can make their own brooms and pretend they're taking off for Blåkulla.
Skansen is one of Sweden's leading tourist attractions with more than 1,3 million visitors annually, many of them foreign tourists. People come from far and wide to see the unique collection of historical buildings from all over Sweden as well as the Scandinavian wild and domestic animals and the exotic fauna at the Aquarium. Skansen... Show more
Skansen is one of Sweden's leading tourist attractions with more than 1,3 million visitors annually, many of them foreign tourists. People come from far and wide to see the unique collection of historical buildings from all over Sweden as well as the Scandinavian wild and domestic animals and the exotic fauna at the Aquarium. Skansen has its own stage for concerts, a lively town quarter, a hot-glass workshop, other craft workshops, cafés, restaurants and shops; and a fantastic view of Stockholm.
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