Candles & cemeteries: All Saint’s Day in Sweden

November 3, 2013

in Living in Sweden,Stockholm holidays

Stockholm Celebrating All Saint’s Day at Katarina Church.


One of the many Swedish traditions I’ve come to enjoy observing is alla helgons dag or All Saint’s Day. It’s a contemplative holiday here in Sweden and the tradition is to visit a cemetery and light candles in memory of deceased family and friends. I like taking the time to stop and remember family, both alive and deceased. And filled with candlelight, the cemetery is always beautiful.

On our way to  Katarina kyrkan we stopped by Maria Magdalena’s cemetery as well. As both churches are on Södermalm, it was an easy walk on a beautiful autumn evening. The fog rolled in as we came home and added a perfect touch to the night.


Katarina kyrkan Memorial lights.


Katarina A graveside tribute.


Katarina kyrkan A circle of candle light.

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1 Lou Lou November 4, 2013 at 06:33

Beautiful images. It’s a pretty unique sight when you visit at this time. I agree, it’s one of those Swedish traditions that I enjoy as well. It is good to take time out of your busy lives to remember.

2 Sandra November 4, 2013 at 09:05

Thanks Lou Lou. The sentiment behind it all really is nice and provides a rather interesting contrast to my own memories of celebrating Halloween in the US!

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