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Traditions

Why, when and how we observe traditions.
On display: 
Until further notice

Celebrations and festivals throughout life

Why do the Swedes eat "semlor" (cream buns with marzipan)? How did people prepare for Christmas in earlier times? What are the origins of the Midsummer pole?

The answer to these and many other questions can be found in this exhibition which covers festivals throughout the year and in our personal lives, from Advent to Martinmas and from baptism to funerals.

Traditions play a central role in our lives. They affect both family life and the working year, irrespective of how we choose to celebrate them. Originating in religion and folklore and with magical, romantic or commercial associations, we are all caught up in traditions. Some traditions stem from other countries, yet have been adapted to feel Swedish.

Julaftonsinteriör från ett högborgerligt hem på 1890-talet i utställningen Traditioner.