Valborg – The Festival of Spring and Fire – A Swedish tradition originating in the 8th century
Welcome spring, May bonfires and happy birthday to Sweden’s king Carl XVI Gustaf are just a few of the traditional meanings of Valborg for most Swedes.
Join SACC Dallas outdoors by the bonfire at the wonderful artistic Solomon Estate. Bring friends, family (incl. kids), it will be a wonderful event. The event is arranged in collaboration with SWEA Dallas.
History: The Valborg tradition originated in Sweden based on a tail about a nun named Valborg whom lived in the 8th century, declared a saint on May 1, 799. After her canonization, her name was linked to the Vikings' traditional festivities welcoming of spring. Valborg is celebrated in Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Sweden, the Czech Republic and Germany.
Majbrasa – May bonfire: Many of the traditions at Valborg, such as the lighting of fires, come from Germany, where they used to light fires to scare away the witches that evening. Lighting fires in Sweden began during the Middle Ages in eastern Sweden, while other parts of the country used to wait until mid-May with the fires.
Customs: The fires were meant to scare away wolves and supernatural beings before the animals were let out to pasture for the summer, the first of May. Around the fires, people used to shoot guns, hit drums, rattle with pot lids and shout, all to scare. Nowadays firecrackers and fireworks are used instead as well as welcoming spring with song.
The king's birthday: The flags are also hoisted on Valborg to commemorate Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf's birthday on April 30, a coincidence to making it even more festive.
... and an infinite other reasons to celebrate Spring and May 1st 2024!
We look forward to seeing you!
Patrik Melander on behalf of the SACC DFW BoD
Park by the sign when you see the Elephants (see pic below) - 100 feet East of entrance to 3322 E Parker Rd, Plano, then walk over to the Solomon Estate (3334 San Gabriel Dr, Plano)
April 30th @ 5:30PM
Bring: What you would like to drink and eat - Majbrasa picnic + family & friends.
Available at cost: Hot dogs, Valborg spirits, beer, wine & soft drinks etc.