It gets dark in Sweden in November – I’m sure most of you have noticed this by now. When we turn the clocks back when summertime ends, all of a sudden it gets dark already at 4.30 pm. November is a difficult month for a lot of people and a feeling of melancholy affect lots of people. Summer is definitely over, the leaves are falling and it is starting to get really cold. Christmas is still a long way away and so are all the Christmas lights that make the dark a little more bearable. To compensate for all of this lots of Swedes start lighting candles inside their houses. Candles are sold by the box at IKEA and other places and you can practically see these boxes flying of the shelves now in November.
Right in the middle of this comes All Souls Day – the day when we remember and honor the loved ones who are no longer with us. Here in Sweden almost everyone will visit the graves of loved ones this weekend to light candles. Even if Sweden is a very secularized country this religious tradition is still a strong one. If you walk by a cemetery you will see hundreds of candles flickering in the dark. All of them symbolizing the life of someone who is now dead. So why not take a walk through the cemetery this weekend? See the lights flickering on the graves and remember the words of Jesus: ““I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”