Valborgsmässoafton or the Last Day of April

Today it is “Sista april” or “Valborgsmässoafton” (the Last Day of April or Valpurgis Night). This longed for holiday definitely puts an end to winter, whatever the weather.

This is also the time of year when the cattle are let out to pasture for the first time after a long winter in the barn and far back in the 18th century huge bonfires were lit to protect the livestock from both predators and supernatural beings.

The tradition with bonfires still lives though, but nowadays “Sista april” is just another opportunity to bring friends and family together, have a bite to eat and later in the evening take a walk to the nearest local bonfire and welcome spring with speeches, songs and colorful, but perhaps not so eco-friendly fireworks.

These are pictures from last year’s celebration down by our lake.

Valborgsmässoeld ljus

Last of April

Last of April 2

Fireworks

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