2024 Public Holidays in Sweden

Public Holidays in Sweden 2024

Sweden celebrates a variety of public holidays throughout the year, each with its own significance and traditions. These holidays reflect Sweden’s cultural heritage, religious diversity, and historical events. Here is a comprehensive list and description of public holidays in Sweden for the year 2024.

National Public Holidays

New Year’s Day – January 1st

Description: New Year’s Day, or “Nyårsdagen,” marks the beginning of the Gregorian calendar year. It is a time for reflection, resolutions, and gatherings with family and friends. Many Swedes celebrate with parties, fireworks, and festive meals, while others enjoy outdoor activities such as ice skating or skiing.

Epiphany – January 6th

Description: Epiphany, or “Trettondedag jul,” marks the end of the Christmas season and the visit of the Three Wise Men to the infant Jesus. While not widely celebrated in Sweden, it is a public holiday in some regions and is observed with church services and traditional gatherings.

Good Friday – April 12th

Description: Good Friday, or “Långfredagen,” is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is a day of solemnity and reflection, with many Swedes attending church services and participating in religious observances.

Easter Sunday – April 14th

Description: Easter Sunday, or “Påskdagen,” celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. It is a joyous occasion for Christians and is marked by church services, family gatherings, and festive meals. Children often participate in Easter egg hunts and other traditional activities.

Easter Monday – April 15th

Description: Easter Monday, or “Annandag påsk,” is the day after Easter Sunday and is also a public holiday in Sweden. It is a time for relaxation and continued celebrations with family and friends.

May Day – May 1st

Description: May Day, or “Första maj,” is celebrated as International Workers’ Day in Sweden and around the world. It honors the achievements of workers and the labor movement and is marked by rallies, demonstrations, and public events advocating for workers’ rights and social justice.

Ascension Day – May 30th

Description: Ascension Day, or “Kristi himmelsfärdsdag,” commemorates the ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven. It is a Christian holiday observed with church services and religious observances. Many Swedes also take advantage of the long weekend to enjoy outdoor activities or travel.

National Day of Sweden – June 6th

Description: The National Day of Sweden, or “Sveriges nationaldag,” celebrates Sweden’s history, culture, and democracy. It commemorates the adoption of the Swedish constitution in 1809 and the establishment of parliamentary democracy in 1974. The day is marked by flag-raising ceremonies, parades, cultural events, and concerts across the country.

Midsummer’s Eve – June 21st

Description: Midsummer’s Eve, or “Midsommarafton,” is one of the most celebrated holidays in Sweden, second only to Christmas. It marks the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, and is celebrated with traditional festivities such as dancing around the maypole, singing traditional songs, and enjoying outdoor feasts with family and friends.

Midsummer’s Day – June 22nd

Description: Midsummer’s Day, or “Midsommardagen,” is the day following Midsummer’s Eve and is also a public holiday in Sweden. It is a time for relaxation and continued celebrations, with many Swedes spending time outdoors and enjoying the summer weather.

All Saints’ Day – November 2nd

Description: All Saints’ Day, or “Alla helgons dag,” is a Christian holiday honoring all saints and martyrs. In Sweden, it is a day to remember and pay respects to deceased loved ones. Families visit cemeteries to clean and decorate graves, often lighting candles and placing flowers in remembrance.

Christmas Day – December 25th

Description: Christmas Day, or “Juldagen,” is celebrated by Swedes as the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a time for religious services, family gatherings, and festive meals. Traditional Swedish Christmas customs include decorating the Christmas tree, exchanging gifts, and enjoying special holiday foods such as “julbord” (Christmas buffet) and “glögg” (mulled wine).

Boxing Day – December 26th

Description: Boxing Day, or “Annandag jul,” is the day after Christmas Day and is also a public holiday in Sweden. While not widely celebrated with specific customs or traditions, it provides an opportunity for relaxation and continued festive activities.

Table: Public Holidays and Days Off in Sweden 2024

Public Holiday Date Days Off Groups of People
New Year’s Day January 1 1 day General population
Epiphany January 6 1 day (regional) Christian community
Good Friday April 12 1 day Christian community
Easter Sunday April 14 1 day Christian community
Easter Monday April 15 1 day General population
May Day May 1 1 day Workers
Ascension Day May 30 1 day Christian community
National Day of Sweden June 6 1 day General population
Midsummer’s Eve June 21 1 day General population
Midsummer’s Day June 22 1 day General population
All Saints’ Day November 2 1 day General population
Christmas Day December 25 1 day General population
Boxing Day December 26 1 day General population

 

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