Valborgsmässoafton, that’s the Swedish name of the Walpurgis Night, which is celebrated on April 30, which is today (or has been 15 minutes before). A friend invited me to celebrate valborgsmässoafton with her family in Aspliden and I accepted gladly.
Beside of nice people to celebrate with you need three ingredients for a typical valborgsmässoafton:
1. Good food.
In this case a so called “Smörgåstorta” – a sandwich cake which is a very popular dish for special days as today.
2. A big bonfire.
The bigger the better. It can be quite hard to light a bonfire, because the cut down trees, twigs and branches are mostly very cold and soaking wet.
3. Cold weather, preferably with wind and snow showers.
While the first half of the day was sunny, clouds came in in the afternoon and round 8 o’clock we got our first snow shower. Last year it snowed as well.
Most Swedish people don’t think at all that chilly and snowy weather must be a part of the valborgsmässoafton, put it’s quite typical.
And just an off-topic photo from today. Three whooper swans that I saw today at the same place.