Valborg 2011 i Parkleken Ådalen - Traditionellt valborgsmässofirande och majbrasa med körsång, rockband och uppträdanden: "Ett av många gratis evenemang på www.gratisistockholm.nu"
In Sweden, Valborgsmässofirande celebrates the return of Spring and pagans celebrate Beltane. Sweden has proudly held on to its pagan roots and this is the perfect example. Beltane is celebrated on April 30th and is a very important festival on the pagan calender. The simplest way to explain Beltane would be to describe it as the polar opposite of Samhain or Halloween. During Samhain the emphasis is placed on death or a time to remember those who have passed away. On the other hand, Beltane is about celebrating the end of winter and the return of Spring, a fertility festival. This brings to mind another celebration of rebirth and maybe images of bunnies and eggs.
Anyway, this evening there will be a fire burning close to our home. There will be a concert and activities for the children as well and if you wondered, that is where you will find me. I will be there celebrating life, love and keeping the memories of the harsh Swedish winter at bay by the warmth of the bale fire!
Round and round
Merrily we go,
Dancing as we go.
All the happy children
Upon the village green,
Sitting in the sunshine,
Hurrah for the Queen.
-A traditional English children's song