söndag, november 27, 2011

The First Sunday in Advent
November 27, 2011

It is time to light the first candle of four.
In Sweden there is a tradition that we light a candle for each Sunday in Advent,
and there are four Sundays.

With the first Sunday of Advent begins the Christian church year. In the farming community was the first Sunday not a particularly marked days, now it appears as an extra holiday. At church services on this day the churches are mostly well-filled, sing hymns such as "Prepare ye the way of the Lord" and "Hosanna" and above all, candles lit.
This day is one of our largest church walking days.
The word Advent comes from the Latin word Adventus, which means arrival, but has popularly come to mean pending. Advent time was in the farming community a period where you could relax and gather themselves for the upcoming holiday season.
Too messy and noisy outdoor work was forbidden. Instead, they take on the quieter chores at the farm.
Many of the customs that we now associate with Christmas was for the people who lived a hundred years ago quite unknown. Most of our popular Advent traditions belong 1900s. These include, for example "adventsstaken", which begins to spread among us in the 1930s. It comes from a German custom, that from the first Sunday of Advent lit seven candles, one for each weekday, each of the four Advent Sundays until Christmas.
The candles were placed in a small indoor fir, which was placed on a table,
all in all was this tree that contain 28 candles.
Eventually, this tree being driven out of the Advent candle holder with four candles.
Today there are hardly any homes that lack this Christmas Ornament.

Electric Christmas candle in the windows, the whole of Sweden looks to be changed "overnight" at the first Sunday of Advent.

An electric star to hang in the window is very beautiful.

Door Wreaths for Advent and Christmas is very common.
Many people make them themselves otherwise you can buy ready-made.

måndag, november 21, 2011

My mom, who I still miss
Asta Gunhild Teresia
November 21, 1919
december 31, 1999

This is a photo from februari 1959, my mom, her siblings and their mother Selma.
It is my grandmother Selma´s birthday, born februari 3, 1889.
On the right side of Selma is Ingamaj, behind them, from left, Holger, Elin, my mom and Göte.

måndag, november 14, 2011

My uncle
Gunnar Anders Andersson
born in Lunden, Södra Säm, July 11, 1921
dead in Lunden Södra Säm, November 14, 2006

tisdag, november 08, 2011

Our Cat Sigrid
June 21, 1993 -
November 08, 2011

... has gone to meet our Cat Sissi.

Our Cat Sissi
Jaunary 30, 1990-
April 2, 2011

söndag, november 06, 2011

Gustav Adolfsdagen

November 6
Gustav Adolfsdagen (Swedish for Gustavus Adolphus Day) is a general flag day, celebrated in Sweden on November 6 in memory of king Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden (Swedish: Gustav II Adolf), who was killed on this day in 1632 at the Battle of Lützen. Gustav Adolfsdagen coincides with the Finnish Swedish Heritage Day.
The date has been celebrated since the early 19th century. It is especially popular in Gothenburg, which was founded by Gustavus Adolphus, and in Uppsala, where the king donated a lot of money to the university.

Gustav Adolfsbakelse, One of the many cakes eaten on Gustav Adolfsdagen (Gustavus Adolphus Day), November 6, in Sweden.

fredag, november 04, 2011

All Saints Day

All Saints Day and All Souls' Day
All Saints Day is celebrated on the Saturday that falls between October 31 and November 6. Then burn the candles in cemeteries to our relatives' memory. But the practice is only just over half a century old in Sweden. Ancient, however, death cult, cult soul and saint worship at winter-half entrance.

All Saints' Day in the Roman Catholic Church
On November 1, All Saints' Day, the Catholic Church since 700's, celebrated the saint who had their day in the calendar. The day after, on November 2, celebrated All Souls' Day of the dead family members and the night before, on 31 October, was Halloween (All Hallows Even = Halloween).

All Saints have in varying degree retained its importance in the Roman Catholic Church in Western Europe.

All Saints' Day was the first day of winter
During Sweden's Catholic Middle Ages, we encounter the first time on All Saints' Day in Vallentuna Calendar 1198th It was counted as second-class weekends, that is, the more important came immediately following Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. That day was significant can also be read in the presence of All Saints' guilds in various places in the country. All Saints' Day role as calendrical fixed point can be seen in medieval laws and it was considered to be the first day of winter.

All Saints' Day holiday, which was removed
In Sweden maintained Saints' Day holiday, which even after the Reformation in the 1500s, despite various attempts to remove it, and despite the fact that the worship of saints is not merged with the new Lutheran doctrine. It was apparently as difficult to get rid of without protest, however, abolished All Souls' Day, November 2. But finally disappeared also All Saints' Day as public holiday in the calendar reform 1772nd

All Saints Day was introduced in 1953
Only later, in the twentieth century, the custom grew with candles on the graves up - inspired by the Catholic Mediterranean countries. And finally reintroduced day of the holiday reform 1953rd The day was called All Saints Day and is celebrated on the first Saturday in November and its importance as a much appreciated break in the darkness just grows and grows. The old All Saints' Day remains November 1.

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