Bonfires, student celebrations and alcohol
Saturday night is Walpurgis night, when great bonfires are lit around the country to celebrate the arrival of spring, and of brighter times.
Celebrations throughout the day are particularly noticed in university towns such as Uppsala and Lund, and also in Gothenburg, where a carnival parade organised by students of the Royal Institute of Technology makes its way through the centre of town.
In many towns and cities, the day is also signified by the presence of a lot of white student caps, a tradition which stems from the time when students wore their caps every day. The last of april was the day when the students switched from black winter cap to white summer cap.
Walpurgis night is also an evening when a lot of people drink too much, in particular the young. Several local councils have organised special campaigns ahead of and during this weekend, to try to lower the alcohol consumption among youth, Swedish Radio News reports.