Monday, April 30, 2012

glada vappen

Or Happy Walpurgis Eve. Here in Swedish-speaking Finland, Valborg (Swedish for Walpurgis) is called Vappen.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I wrote a post last year about it that you can read here. If you can’t be bothered, it’s (in a nutshell) the eve exactly 6 months from Halloween celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of summer in many of the countries of Northern Europe.
We celebrated with a masquerade at school today. Joel went as a Sumo Wrestler:
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Sofia went as a prisoner:
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And I just went in my weekend clothes:
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After dinner we had a bonfire, followed by donuts and pop (not the usual mead):
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In a completely unrelated matter, have you ever seen anything as cute as Bruno begging for food? (Look at his eyes!)
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Glada Vappen!
Barb

8 comments:

Barb Howell said...

Love your weekend clothes, Barb!

Corinne said...

Your weekend wear gave me a good laugh !!!

Anonymous said...

Great costumes! Nice to have some dressup fun in Spring.

Cheers,
Patrice ;)

Stacy, Pat and Aidan said...

That's so cool! I love the idea of celebrating the opposite of Halloween. . .the beginning of longer and warmer days!! You are incredible with the Sweedish. . .I am forever talking about my Canadian "Friend" speaking Sweedish in Finland. . .so cool.

Anonymous said...

Nice looking kids.....too bad about the missing smiles. :)
FAT BARB IS BACK!!! AHHHHHHH

Anonymous said...

Love it! So fun! Love the moomoo and purple stockings Barb!
Love Andrea deGraaf
ps I love the fat Barb!!!

tammy said...

I love your weekend clothes!

Tezzie said...

Ha! I totally missed that you'd put this post up...love those costumes! That one of yours totally cracks me up :) And, yes...Bruno is way too cute, especially when food is around. Love that sweet puppy <3

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