November 4, 2011

All Hallow's Eve

Photo: Alexander Dokukin @SVB
The first Saturday in November is All Hallow's Eve in Sweden... which is this weekend (Nov. 5th). I have a couple of activities that can help you celebrate the holiday while visiting Stockholm.
Stockholm will have its first ever Halloween parade this Saturday called "Shockholm"! The pre-parade party starts at 2pm at Slussen (10 minute walk from the Rival Hotel) and the parade starts at 4pm. The parade route goes through Gamla Stan, ending up at the park Kungsträdgården where there will be a post-parade party until 8pm. Everyone and anyone is welcome to take part in the parade and parties (no entrance fee)... though you should dress up if you are walking in the parade!

Skogskyrkogård, photo: Susanne Hallmann
For a more somber and thought provoking All Hallows experience... head out to Skogskyrkogården, Stockholm's largest cemetery and on the UNESCO World Heritage list. I have reported on this beautiful cemetery before, which was designed by architect Gunnar Asplund. Many Swedes light candles and place them on the graves of family and friends this day & evening... adding to the beauty of the surroundings. After 2pm there will be music in the Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Visitors Center will be open from 10am to 8pm. To get there from the hotel, take the subway (green line) south in the direction Farsta Strand, exit at the Skogskyrkogård station and then follow the signs.

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