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Time for some pagan celebrations:) 
29th-Apr-2010 11:10 am

Because I like sharing this beautiful land's traditions and because I am a lazy fuck, and it is time again to post about Valborg (tomorrow), I am reposting last year’s post, (with some adjustments of course) And I am hoping this year I will get again a nice spot and take beautiful pictures (and my first “professional” pictures) and post the day after. So here you are:




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Ah! Tomorrow is Valborg!!!

 

Those not familiar with the holyday can go to this link for a quick read: Walpurgis Night

 

Walpurgis Night (Walpurgisnacht) is a traditional religious holiday

celebrated by Pagans and Satanists, as well as Roman Catholics

 on April 30 or May 1 in large parts of Central and Northern Europe …..

In Sweden, Walpurgis (Valborg) is one of the de facto public holidays during the year.

The forms of celebration in Sweden vary…”

 

 

I love Valborg! The bonfires around the city! The songs! The smell of spring in the air! The Pagan sensation in the atmosphere! So peaceful, so calm, so euphoric!

Every year I go to the big bonfire in the city. It is always unfortunately very crowded, with all the inconveniences that a crowd can bring, but they always have the greatest choirs there !!!! I think it is "the city’s choir".The fire there is so big that if you stand 4 meters away you feel the heat in your face as if you have your head in the oven.

The whole experience is worth the crowding and the squishing and the standing around 2 hours earlier to get the good spot.

People dressed in white holding torches would slowly march to the gigantic heap of wood that is set in the middle of the plaza and forming a circle around it they would one by one place their torches on the wood lighting a massive fire! So tall and fierce you think it’ll burn all the oxygen around you. In the background, on the other side of the island and across the water is the City Hall! The quire starts singing and I am in awe! The first song is almost always “Vintern rasat ut” which is my absolutely favorite song of all the “Valborg” songs. And at that moment I am in heaven!!! Sometimes I swear to you I think I feel my eyes water, well unless it is the smoke in the air, but I’d like to think it is tears.

After the choirs are done the band stays on to play some beautiful waltzes. Couples are dancing and drinking wine and champagne with little strawberries floating in their glasses. And since the whole thing is by the water you see the Scandinavian sunset in slow motion fading along with the fire and almost everyone is a little intoxicated and I am happy to be alive! Happy to live in this magnificent country! Happy to be surrounded by this beautiful city, with its beautiful buildings and its beautiful people, speaking the most beautiful and most harmonious language in the world!

The band is finishing with some slightly melancholic tunes.

And then, it is dark and the fire almost out and most people are gone and the smell of burnt wood is overwhelming. And as I am leaving, slowly walking on the slated plaza, I always have the same thought. “I love this country!”

I am posting the song (Vintern rasat ut”) and the lyrics here:

(And some pictures from past Valborg years)




VINTERN RASAT UT

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Originaltitel: Längtan till landet.

Ur Jägarens vila, 1838

text: Herman Sätherberg (1812-1897)

musik: Otto Lindblad (1809-1864)

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Vintern rasat ut bland våra fjällar,

drivans blommor smälta ned och dö.

Himlen ler i vårens ljusa kvällar,

solen kysser liv i skog och sjö.

 

Snart är sommarn här i purpurvågor,

guldbelagda, azurskiftande

ligga ängarne i dagens lågor,

och i lunden dansa källorne.

 

Snart är sommarn här i purpurvågor,

guldbelagda, azurskiftande

ligga ängarne i dagens lågor,

och i lunden dansa källorne.

 

Ja, jag kommer! Hälsen, glada vindar,

ut till landet, ut till fåglarne,

att jag älskar dem, till björk och lindar,

sjö och berg, jag vill dem återse,

 

se dem än som i min barndoms stunder

följa bäckens dans till klarnad sjö,

trastens sång i furuskogens lunder,

vattenfågelns lek kring fjärd och ö.

 

se dem än som i min barndoms stunder

följa bäckens dans till klarnad sjö,

trastens sång i furuskogens lunder,

vattenfågelns lek kring fjärd och ö...


This actually is half of the song there are more lyrics. If you’d like to know them go here: Vintern Rasat Ut


here are some Valborg past ...














 

 

 

Over and out.

 


lips
Comments 
30th-Apr-2010 03:29 am (UTC) - You're a sweetie
Thanks for giving me some words of encouragement. Though I would LOVE to believe that I rival Tallulah Bankhead or all of my ladies of the cinema in perfection, hats, one liners and whatever. I don't have their flair for the dramatics. I just think it is shitty when you do try to be of help and do something good for the world, you still get shit on by people. I'm not a saint, I'm just me. But like I said, you cheered me right up.

When you come to town, I'll point out the window for the molotov cocktail you can throw in...afterwards we'll get you a snappy new frock, some shoes and clink glasses to a cheers and toast. You hate humanoids, and I get anxiety being around them! Maybe it all means something in the end.

Funny, I was reading a story about Garbo and Tallulah Bankhead in a book recently and it made me think of you. Even though you are Greek born, there are some pictures of you that I see that make me think of actresses like: Jean Seberg, Garbo, with a coolness and air of Denueve. Your carriage reminds me of a namesake with your name: Alexandra Feodornova (the last empress of Russia) Call me projecting, but glam ladies like yourself are an ENDLESS source of inspiration. I see you in the wigs and dresses of Versailles as a courtier and your retro fashion sense of the 40's-50's is dead on. (I looked at some of your past pictures trying to find inspiration for a makeup idea) I just find you inspiring, cannot help it. Hate me because I am human, but adore me for being me ;-) I seriously would drive you to murder if I knew where you lived and I was close. I'd always want to call you up and say "If I dangle beer or wine in your face, let's play dress up and make hats and veils! Ya up for it, Carmilla?" That final pic you posted is gorgeous, I love the hairpiece.

xoxo Kissyfur and Lily
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