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Valborg at ASI

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

Explore the Swedish tradition of Valborg and welcome spring at the American Swedish Institute! Our take on the traditional Valborg celebration will have bonfires, songs, kubb and live music by the ASI Male Chorus and the Cloudberries along with special guests Big Dirt - a Seattle-based folk/pop/rock band. FIKA will be serving up specialty food and drink available for purchase, and this is your last chance to see the Solar Egg sauna and sculpture! 

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. 

A big "tack" to Gustavus Adolphus College for their support of this event!

Cost: 
$10 ASI members / $15 non-members

Register

Online sales end at 5pm on the day of the event. After 5pm, please pay on arrival.  Doors open at 6pm.

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