November 4, 6 Comments. Alla helgons dag in Sweden is a solemn day of remembrance when lighted candles are placed in cemeteries to remember friends and loved ones who have passed away. From my perspective it is anything but. The custom of lighting candles to place on graves was brought to Sweden from Catholic countries to the south. From the s it was common in Stockholm and larger cities to place lighted candles on graves at Christmas time, particularly on the graves of children. Media images of candlelit graves during WWI and WWII served to increase the popularity of the practice and it became more commonplace from the s onward. During Alla helgons dag churches often have their own candle-lighting ceremonies where they light a candle for each member of the congregation who has passed away in the last year.
Dark, dark, dark, rain rain dark and ho, what do you know…snow! Ok so November is not my favorite month. There is however a reason why the eleventh month of the year does not completely suck. Whether you call it Halloween and dress up as a pumpkin, or Dia de muertos and decorate an altar in your house or Alla helgons dag All Saints Day and visit a church to pay your respect to the departed, this time of year calls for commemoration. A time to remember those who have left and cherish their memory and not to forget, cherish those who are around you. Even though it all is historically linked to a religious celebration, pagan or Christian to start with, it has now turned into tradition and you do not need to believe in anyone or anything to appreciate it or take part. Talking about religion, Sweden is a country that promotes religious freedom and forbids people being registered based on their beliefs.
Enter search string Select search area Search LiU. Posted in: Events , Fun things! This is a Christian holiday, which is originally celebrated in honour of saints and martyrs. However, in Sweden is is now mostly used as a day to remember those that have passed away. So what does one do during this weekend? It is not a very abundant celebration, which makes sense, given the reason for the holiday. Most people did not seem to do much more different things than usual, as I went to Tornby a big shopping area north of the city and most stores were open and just as busy as normal. But in the evening many people go to graveyards to light some candles, either at the graves of their deceased, or at a more generic space at the graveyard.
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