Sweden - Public Holidays

The day before an official holiday is generally is many cases taken as a de facto holiday. A de facto holiday can be acknowledged as a full day or half day off work. There are three official de facto holidays in Sweden, the eves of New Year, Midsummer and Christmas. Swedish main official public holidays (shown in bold text) observed during the year:

•New Year´s Day – 1 January
•Epiphany Eve – 5 January, also known as Twelfth Night, may be celebrated with a half days off work or a whole days off work as it is a non-official de facto holiday
•Epiphany Day – 6 January. This is a day celebrated to commemorate the visit of the Magi to Jesus when he was a baby. It is the 13th day after Christmas, and is the last holiday of Swedish Christmas festival.

•Good Friday – The Friday before Easter, to commemorate the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and is the second of the major Christian festivals. It usually falls in March or April. Sunday and Monday are follow-on public holidays. The day before Good Friday, is known as Maundy Thursday, is also a shortened workday.
•Easter Sunday – Date varies, this day is also known as Easter Day. It is generally the most favoured day of the Easter period;as it is celebrated by hiding and finding chocolate eggs, which are decorated in bright and assorted shiny crinkly wrapping paper. There is also a school holiday over the Easter period.
•Easter Monday – Date varies and also known as Easter Monday
•Walpurgus Night – April 30, de facto holiday
•May Day – May 1
•Ascension Day – 39 days after Easter. This day is about celebrating to commemorate the resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ into Heaven. It is also a day of a Church festival and is celebrated 40 days after Easter and is always on a Thursday.
•Whit Sunday – Date varies, and also known as Pentecost. This day is celebrated ten days after Ascension Day. This is the day that is remembered as the day the Holy Ghost descended on the Apostles and the Christian church was founded.
•Whit Monday – Date varies, de facto holiday
•Sweden's National Day – June 6
•Midsummer´s Eve – Date varies, and is a de facto holiday
•Midsummer's Day – Date varies
•All Saint’s Eve – de facto holiday
•All Saints´Day – November 1. This is a special day celebrated in memory of the dead and falls on a Saturday in the beginning of November.
•Christmas Eve – December 24, is a de facto holiday
•Christmas Day – December 25
•Boxing Day – December 26
•New Year´s Eve – December 31, is a de facto holiday

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