Knut's party

mid-January Christmas tradition in Sweden, ending the Christmas and holiday season

A Knut's party or Knut's dance (Swedish: julgransplundring, literally: "Christmas tree pludering") is a tradition in Sweden on St. Knut's Day (13 January). It means the end of the Christmas and holiday season. The Christmas and holiday season has then spanned across Advent Sunday, Saint Lucy's Day, Christmas, New Year and Epiphany. In private homes, especially children often have a party. They dance around the Christmas tree and smash the gingerbread house into pieces. The Christmas decorations are then put aside. Such parties are even common at schools, Kindergartens, churches and other associations. In many towns the public Christmas tree is taken out of usage for the bypassed Christmas by holding an outdoor Knut's dance.[1] The tradition originates from the Nordic region. It has changed very little since the 1870s.[2]

Knut's party
Knut's party
Christmas crackers are common during Christmas tree plunderings in Sweden.
Official nameJulgransplundring
Observed bySweden
Date13 January
Celebrationsdancing around the Christmas tree, children's party, removing Christmas decorations
Related toChristmas, St. Knut's Day

References in popular culture change

References change

  1. "Julgransplundring: Rocking around the Christmas Tree". Your Living City. 3 January 2014. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. "Julgransplundring" (in Swedish). Fira jul. Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 20 December 2012.