Swedish Easter Celebration – Eggsexa:
On the Saturday before Easter the members and their families celebrate the Easter Holiday with a potluck at the House of Sweden from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Jul - Christmas Luncheon:
On a Saturday noon in Mid-December the members and their guests hold a Christmas Luncheon at a location that will be determined in advance.
Swedish Midsummer Festival and Lawn Program:
Every year on the third or fourth Sunday in June the House of Sweden celebrates the summer solstice - the longest day of the year, with their annual Lawn Program and Midsummer Festival.
For this occasion the house is decorated with garlands of leaves, flowers and birch branches both inside the cottage and outside on the patio.
From 8:00 to 10:00 am the day’s festivities begin with a members breakfast at the cottage and the decorating of the Majstang (Maypole) with flowers and greenery.
The 2:00 pm outdoor stage program includes entertainment such as Swedish Folkdance Club of Los Angeles, who perform detailed dances in their beautiful folk costumes. The historical significance of the Midsummer Celebration is explained, dignitaries from the House of Sweden and the Swedish-American Community are introduced, and small children sing traditional Midsummer songs to the delight of the visitors to the Park.
The event then shifts from the outdoor stage to the area around the Maypole. Traditional accordion and fiddle music allow Swedes and non-Swedes alike to participate in festive circle dances around the maypole, accompanied by much singing and laughter. Look for the many traditional Swedish folk costumes worn by men, women and children. Many of these costumes have been handed down from one generation to the next, valued for both their beauty and tradition.
Midsummer foods can be purchased by the public. Kottbullar (Swedish meatballs) Limpa (sweet rye bread) Inlagd Gurka (pickled cucumbers) and Swedish almond coffeecake.
At the conclusion of the Lawn Program the private Midsummer Party begins (tickets have to be purchased in advance) from 4:00 to 10:00 pm. Members and guests enjoy sitting outside the cottage at the long table to enjoy a Svenka Midsommar Smorgasbord, including Swedish meatballs, new potatoes, pickled cucumbers, limpa, cheese, pickled herring and deserts consisting of strawberries with fresh whipped cream and Princess Torte. There is music for entertainment and a raffle.
Foods served at the Ethnic Food Fair:
Swedish meatballs, rye bread, cucumbers Swedish pancakes, almond coffeecake, cookies and pastries, coffee and lemonade.
Foods served at the December Holidays:
Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, cucumbers, limpa, pastries, cookies and Swedish almond coffeecake. Glogg (mulled wine) alcoholic or non-alcoholic and coffee.
Swedish National Day – June 6th
Working alongside the members of the Swedish Women’s Educational Association (SWEA), the House of Sweden enjoys celebrating Swedish National Day at the cottage. The Swedish flag is prominently displayed, and all enjoy food, coffee and fellowship on this special day that is dear to the hearts of all Swedes.