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Sweden Welcomed Mayday with Fire!
- zdan, CNN iReport producer
Yesterday evening (April 30/2012) people in Sweden welcomed Mayday with bonfire across the country and I was able to capture these moments in Stockholm at suburb called Akalla. The fire was lit at 20:45 GMT local time and people from all walks of life, religion, race, age groups and genders were enjoying the night winning, eating, dancing, snapping pictures (like me) until mid-night. This's an annual event which is called Walpurgis Night (Swedish: Valborgsmässoafton or simply Valborg) has more or less become a de facto half holiday. One of the main traditions in Sweden is to light large bonfires, a custom that is most firmly established in Svealand and may have begun in Uppland during the 18th century: "At Walpurgis (Valborg), farm animals were let out to graze, and ever since the early 18th century bonfires (majbrasor, kasar) have been lit to scare away predators.