Saturday, April 30, 2011

Walpurgis Celebrations

Vintern rasat ut bland våra fjällar



Students all around Sweden put on their student caps on Friday. It is an old tradition and these days it means that all exams are over, and over the next 4 to 6 weeks before graduation the students will be busy partying like crazy. It is very expensive for their poor parents who will have to pay for everything! Just the cap will set them back 1200 SEK.The photos in this set are from Poseidon's Square in Handen, where students from one of the local secondary schools Fria Gymnasieskolan gathered to listen to (and sing with), the all male choir Birger that performed traditional student songs. The weather was amazing, like a normal Swedish summer day. I talked to a very proud grandmother whose grandchild Mikaela can be seen here somewhere. I also spotted the very cute Karin whom I met and photographed a few months ago. Later today celebrations will continue with more singing around the bonfires.

10 comments:

Luis Gomez said...

Great set of images Steffe!

Stoked4Life said...

Trevlig valborg! (I hope that's written correctly) Like to see a nice photo of a bonfire as well.

Kind regards, really like your blog. ;)

Birdman said...

Graduation... I think I still remember it. Not really sure though.

T. Becque said...

How fun and a great time in life.

RedPat said...

I wish I had been there when I graduated - what a party!

Sharon said...

Exams over...sounds like a good reason to celebrate.

Leif Hagen said...

"Valborgsmassoafton" celebrations - so fun!

And Happy Birthday to the King!

VP said...

I am sure this would be funny and interesting...

CaT said...

great photos!
but they all wear such caps? is there a specific reason for this type of cap? i thought they looked like they were all sailors... :D

Steffe said...

More info here CaT

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Student_cap