We celebrate more than just Sweden’s National Day at Royal Djurgården!06/02/2021
Ever since 1893, Sweden’s National Day has been celebrated at Skansen at Royal Djurgården in the presence of the Swedish royal family, with music, ceremonial speeches and plenty of flags. As a result of the current pandemic, this 127-year-old tradition was broken in 2020. But we have been able to adapt such that we can still celebrate in new and creative ways.
Here at Royal Djurgården, everyone is welcome. And we celebrate not only the Swedish National Day but all National Days. Read more below about how we celebrate some other National Days here at Royal Djurgården and how you can be part of the celebrations in 2021!
Sami National Day – 6th February
The Sami people are one of the world’s indigenous peoples and the only ones in Europe. The date for the national day comes from the fact that the first Sami national meeting was held in Trondheim on 6th February 1917. In Sweden, the day has been a flag day for a few years now.
The Sami National Day has been celebrated at Skansen since 2003. As part of the celebrations, you can visit the Såekie family’s holiday home in Saemien Sïjte and listen to Sami fairytales and myths while huddled around the fire. You can also try your hand at lasso throwing and learn more about reindeer. In the forest house, there are usually craft activities and film screenings about the Sami people’s relationship with modern-day Sweden.
Ahead of the Sami National Day 2021, you can discover and learn more about Sami culture and history via Nordiska museet‘s digital museum! Did you know that the museum’s new entrance, Two Directions, is inspired by objects from the museum’s Sami collections? This year at Skansen, the celebrations will be via their website, where you can hear stories about Sami history and culture.
Chaharshanbe Suri – 20th March
This Persian festival is a popular non-religious holiday that has been celebrated in a number of different countries for almost 4,000 years. In Persian, the festival is called Chaharsahanbe Suri. Just like the Swedish traditional Walpurgis Night celebration, the change of nature is greeted with bonfires, to celebrate winter ending and spring starting, meaning the sun and light are returning.
Stockholm’s celebrations take place with an annual folk festival. The festival is a celebration of diversity and integration, and it took place at Skansen at Royal Djurgården for the first time in 2019. It took place on the Solliden stage and featured a star-studded line-up, which was broadcast on TV across different parts of the world.
Norway’s National Day – 17th May
Norway’s National Day – Syttende mai – is celebrated in style, not only in Norway but also at Royal Djurgården. We celebrate the National Day on the Solliden stage at Skansen, and the celebrations feature Norwegian folk costumes, Norwegian flags and activities for children and adults.
There is also the opportunity to visit Vastveitloftet, Skansen’s only Norwegian building. It was moved here before 1905, when the union between Sweden and Norway ended. You can’t go inside but the outside is well worth a visit!
Skansen’s various National Day celebrations promote social inclusion (10.2)