June sixth, our national day. A day most people don’t know why we celebrate and really don’t care about it either, it’s a day free from work for most of us and that’s enough 🙂 Until this date was the Swedish flag’s day (actually the second oldest nation flag in the world, only Denmark’s flag is older) and it still is the flags day here. We really don’t know how to celebrate it either to be honest, most people just go out to their summer houses or have a picnic somewhere.
It has been a bad thing loving ones country here since the second world war. We’ve never really dealt with our shady behaviour during that war to be honest. The nazis were quite active here and the royal house showed their support quite openly. Si we ended up helping both sides to stay out of the war. It’s our fault the war kept on for such a long time here in Europe, we kept on selling iron to the german bomb makers till the end. Thousands of lives could have been saved if it weren’t for Sweden. At the same time we did help the resistance in the nordic country and we were amongst those saving people from the concentration camps.
So after the war they did anything to stop nationalism, or perhaps patriotism is a better word. Some schools went so far that they celebrated the UN instead of Sweden on June sixth so that no one would feel bullied??! The ones really celebrating on June sixth were nazis and immigrants, an odd combination 🙂 🙂 🙂 But one day they decided we should stop being ashamed and start celebrating this day and made it our national day. But they didn’t go that far to make it a holiday in 1983, that didn’t happen until 2005.
So why are we celebrating this day? there are two reasons for that. They changed the constitution 1809 so the king got less power and the parliament bigger. The second reason is that the founder of Sweden (well he’s called that anyway) Gustav Vasa was chosen to become king of Sweden. The Danes had power over Sweden and killed a lot of people of importance in Stockholm (Stockholm’s blood bath), one of them Gustav Vasa’s father. He himself was chased by the danes when he started fleeing towards Norway. He asked the people living in Dalarna for help to get the Danes out of the country and they weren’t too interested at the beginning but changed and helped him.
Gustav Vasa was a tyrant and didn’t hesitate to later slaughter those that helped him to the power, he actually slaughtered a lot of people during his days. He got lots of children and three of his sons became kings of this country, one more insane than the other 🙂 The most insane was Eric the 14th, he married his mistress which wasn’t especially popular at all and in the end he was imprisoned and killed with poisonous pea soup.
Personally I think it would have been better to celebrate something fun and happy. Something we all could think was a good idea and preferably in autumn when we don’t have any holidays until Christmas. Why not when Ingmar Stenmark won his first world cup event in slalom? Sweden stopped when he went down those hills and won 🙂 But I could take any reason to be honest, any but celebrating a tyrant that got totally insane sons 🙂 🙂 🙂
We’ve had a wonderful day with lots of sunshine (but both today and yesterday had frost during the night) and just enough warm to be enjoyable. I’ve replanted my tomato plants and several of them have small tomatoes now. It’s time to make something to eat and a pot of tea of course.
Have a great day!