Swedish diplomats decided to move the celebration of their national holiday up a month to avoid clashing with Ramadan.
As Heat Street reports, officials at the Swedish consulate in Jerusalem had a party for the National Day of Sweden on May 6th. The actual date of the celebration is June 6th.
When asked why they decided to celebrate weeks before the proper date, the consulate responded, “Yes – the national day is on 6 June – we’re looking forward to it! But celebrations coincided with Ramadan, so we chose to bring them forward this year.”
The event took place at a hotel in Ramallah.
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The national day became a public holiday in 2005. It's supposed to be a legitimate patriotic day, but apparently Islam gets in the way of patriotism.
The Swedish government website describes the day as follows: “Swedes celebrate their National Day on 6 June in honour of two historical events. On 6 June 1523, Gustav Vasa was elected king, and on the same date in 1809, the country adopted a new constitution. Not known for displaying their national pride, this day offers a rare chance to see Swedes waving the flag.”
Even the Swedish government admits Swedes rarely take pride in their country.