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Valborg at ASI

Friday, April 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Celebrate the coming of spring like a Swede and join us for a Valborg celebration at the American Swedish Institute! We’ll have bonfires, songs, crafts and specialty cocktails by FIKA inspired by Solar Egg (plus this is the last weekend to snap a selfie with the iconic gold sauna at ASI).

What is Valborg?

Valborg, or Walpurgis Night, takes place on the last day of April (we're celebrating ours a few days early). In pagan times, bonfires were lit to ward off evil spirits and, later, to keep predators away from livestock let out to graze. Children would also traditionally roam from house to house singing songs, and were rewarded with eggs. 

Todays, the bonfires are lit more symbolically to burn off the long, dark winter nights and welcome spring. On Valborgsmässoafton (the day's full name), there are public bonfires in towns all across Sweden, including in Stockholm's Skansen museum. In university cities like Uppsala or Lund, Valborg celebrations take on epic proportions, with students letting loose before finals are due. 

$10 ASI members / $15 non-members


For information, call 612-871-4907

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