Celebrate Your Birthday Like A Swede: Three Swedish Birthday TraditionsOctober 19, 2018
Grattis på födelsedagen, happy birthday. No matter how you say it, there’s no wrong way to celebrate a birthday.
Whether ignoring the fact that you’ve aged another year by celebrating a 25th birthday for the 10th year in a row or enjoying a “birthday week,” and in some cases “birthday month” (we all have those friends), each culture, family and individual has a special way of celebrating their day of birth.
This week, Umgås magazine turned three, and we celebrated all week long!
In honor of three years, here are a few birthday traditions to help you celebrate like a Swede.
“Ja Må Han/Hon Leva”
The Swedish birthday song, which translates to “Yes, may he/she live” is a catchy, quirky jingle, like the birthday song most Americans are accustomed to, but slightly different.
Ja, må han/hon leva
Ja, må han/hon leva,
Yes, May He/She Live!
Yes, may he/she live!
And of course, don’t forget to repeat hurra/hooray four times at the end.
A celebratory wake-up call
Whether you’re a grown adult or a little kid, there’s nothing like a birthday wake-up call! There’s no need to set an alarm the night before your birthday, so be prepared to be bombarded by family members who will bring gifts, coffee and breakfast to you in bed while singing the Swedish birthday song. If you’re not much of a morning person, this tradition might not be for you.
Let’s be real. Is any Swedish celebration truly a party without Princess Cake?
How do you celebrate your birthday Swedish style? Share your traditions with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.