Valborg: bonfire night in Stockholm

May 1, 2014

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Stockholm Valborg on Riddarholmen with Stadshuset in the background.


Stockholm Watching the fire on land and sea.


I went to valborg–the big bonfire on Riddarholmen tonight. This is the annual pagan ritual to celebrate the end of winter by lighting a huge bonfire. We went to the fire on Riddarholmen overlooking Stadshuset or city hall and the water. It’s become a tradition to go to this fire–you can see some of last year’s photos here.

It was a beautiful night that gradually turned cooler. And just after I got home at 11.3oish, it rained and then hailed. And it’s supposed to turn to snow. I made it just in time.

Trevlig valborg or happy May day!

PS. And here’s a May Day update. I woke up this morning (May 1) to snow. Obviously, the bonfire did not work.



Stockholm Another view.



1 James May 1, 2014 at 01:32

You’ve brought back some wonderful memories of twelve months ago.

2 Sandra May 1, 2014 at 10:36

James, I was thinking of you last night and wishing you were here! Missed you, lots.

3 James May 5, 2014 at 11:32

Likewise! Will see how I go after China in terms of money, but MIGHT consider a brief trip this year. More likely next year.

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