Ladies’ week…

In the heart of the Swedish summer there are seven days in a row packed with ladies’ namedays. The Swedish call it the ladies’ week, fruntimmersveckan.

Technically, the week starts off on July 18 and offers excellent opportunities for recreation with one of the most loved activities of Swedish people, namely fika.

Fika is a revered word up here. It means drinking coffee, tea or any other favourite drink, cold or warm, with some form of accompaniment. The latter could be a cinnamon roll, a cookie, a piece of cake, or even an open sandwich, macka. Fika is something you do when you take a break at work, when you meet a friend at home or in town, when you celebrate an occasion…

Namedays used to be  more celebrated back in the days, a christian tradition as they are. Moreover, people often did not know their exact birth dates so namedays were both practical and pious.

Nowadays, birthdays are the big celebration occasion for most Swedes. However, namedays still qualify for a nice card, a phone-call, some flowers and breakfast in bed.

Personally, I support any good enough reason to make a day special, and celebrate life.

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