Calendars & Dates - In Sweden, This Is How We Do ItWednesday, July 06, 2011 Mary Anne Velasco
Calendars --- oh, they are a huge part of every Swedish home, school, and business establishment. There are some who get copies from bookstores however many prefer to visit their favorite calendar printing shops [http://www.nextdayflyers.com/] [if not, order them online] to get personalized calendars. Sometimes, they order extra copies to send as gifts to their families and friends. I, for one fancy ordering a personalized copy or two online.
Talking about calendars, I am a resident of Sweden for four years now and yet, I still get confused with the Swedish calendar. I mean, it’s not that intricate. It’s just that I am not used to referring to week numbers instead of the dates when making and checking out schedules. Here’s a vivid example of a Swedish calendar [details have been translated into English].
September 2011 – Sept. 1-4 falls on the 35th week of the year while 5-11 on the 36th and so on. If my teacher says she’ll be away on weeks 37 and 38 and that she’ll return on the 39th, that means she’s not around from September 12-25 and that she’s be back on September 26. Yes, that’s how they do it here. Instead of mentioning the specific dates, they inform you the week number/s. If you’re not used to it, you’ll definitely get baffled.
A couple of nights ago, in a dinner birthday party [will post photos of the cakes and the celebrant later], Bebe, his mom and his older brother were discussing about their vacation and planned trips. Whenever they mentioned week numbers, my brain went “Huh?” all the time.
Aside from keeping track of the week numbers, another reason why calendars are essential in this country is because of the Swedish name day. Swedes enjoy celebrations which is why here, we don’t only celebrate our birthdays, we also commemorate name days. Take for example this daily Swedish calendar I have on my iPhone:
Below the month JULI, you’ll find two names there. So today, individuals with names Esaias or Jessika or something similar to these two are celebrating their name day. Nothing extravagant. A cup of coffee and a slice of cake with e-mail, Facebook and text greetings saying “Happy name day!” --- already perfect!
Extra information: The list of the Swedish name day is updated every 15 years. Most names are associated with the names of saints, martyrs or traditional feasts.
There goes a little information about how calendars here in Sweden work and why they are necessary.
How about in your country, do you also use week numbers instead of dates? Do you have name days?