November 5, 2010

This Weekend!

Photo: Alexander Dokukin
November 5th, 6th & 7th

With All Saints Day (also known as All Hallows Day) being on Saturday, there are a lot of ghoulish things going on in the city this weekend.
  • As I mentioned earlier, one of the main Swedish traditions for All Saints Day (Alla Helgons Dag) is to light a candle and/or lay a wreath at the graves of friends and family. It is quite a beautiful tradition and nowhere is it more spectacular than at the Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården). This cemetery is on the UNESCO World Heritage List and worth a visit anytime of the year.
  • Etnografiska museet (the museum for world cultures) will be celebrating the Mexican version of All Saints Day... Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a special program, including dance and music, on both Saturday and Sunday (11am to 5pm).
  • A little less ghoulish... Saturday is also Gustav Adolf's Day and the Royal Armoury (Livrustkammaren) at the castle is celebrating by offering free entrance to the museum. This is a very interesting museum containing objects belonging to the kings & queens of Sweden over the past 500 years including armour, clothes, uniforms, carriages and even royal sleighs. Located within the Royal Palace in the Old Town.
A lot of tragic events have happend in Stockholm's Old Town in the distant past (like the infamous Stockholm Bloodbath)... so keep your eyes open for ghosts and goblins roaming the lanes late at night this weekend!

The weather this weekend? Overcast and between 0 and 5 degrees Celsius.

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