Swedish Halloween Sittning Source: Carolina Romare/imagebank.sweden.se

Swedish Halloween Sittning

The new era of the Swedish Halloween Sittning is here to stay.

Halloween has always been the holiday where you get all dressed up and go ‘trick or treating’.

As a child, your parents would dress you however they thought was cutest and when you grew older they made you look like the coolest superhero or weird character you wanted to be that year.

Halloween Costume

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But with age comes the burden of picking a great costume, putting all the pieces together and hoping everyone immediately understands your thinking behind it.

Halloween Sittning

This year the Studdentgruppen Globala at my University decided to throw a Halloween party called a sittning.

A Sittning in Finland and Sweden refers to ‘a dinner arranged by a student union or a nation that is usually held in a hall with a given dress code and involves lots of singing and eating and drinking’. Toasts are made by the Toastmaster and the guests sit at long tables known as långbords.

In our case, we had a booklet with the “Sittning rules” and the songs for the night. Here are a few of the funniest rules:

“IF YOU WANT TO THE SONG OR SEE A SKETCH AGAIN, YELL ‘OMIAG’

IT IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN TO KEEP YOUR GOOD MOOD TO YOURSELF!

WHEN YOU’VE EATEN UP ALL THE FOOD ON YOUR PLATE, CONTINUE TO THE ONE ON YOUR RIGHT”

A two course meal was served all while we were trying to decipher each other’s costumes. There was a great number of songs. This one was even created just for the event:

“Melodi: Idas sommarvisa.

Du ska inte tro du blir lullig

ifall inte nån sätter fart

På sittning och blir lite dimmig

i blicken la-lalala”

Best costume went to the male Maleficent:

halloween sittning costume

I on the other hand went as a voodoo priestess inspired by the voodoo cult in 007’s Live and Let Die. I found some feathers from a deceased bird (rip) outside my flat thanks to the first snowfall that was on the same day.

My friends Anita and Ekin went as No face and a Panda respectively.

halloween costumes

The make-up prep was the most fun I’ve had dressing up in a long time and boy was it worth it. Putting effort into your costume does pay off. You get some great pictures as well as some great memories.

I hope you all had a Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween

Looking forward to your great costumes for next year!

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From Sweden with Love

Anita

A Kenyan student studying a Masters degree in Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg. If you have any questions about studying in Sweden or general feedback email me on anita.studyinsweden@gmail.com
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