Are you celebrating the Swedish National Day, June 6th? If so you might like a quick bunting to hang for your party:
“Grattis” is the Swedish word for congratulations. I don’t know if the Swedes actually say “grattis” during the National Day celebrations, but the word is very typically Swedish, and they’ll use it for a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g that calls for acknowledgement 🙂 Next to “lagom” I think it might be my favorite Swedish word.
The Swedish National Day has only been an official holiday for 10 years, and the Swedes have not yet established an endless regime of traditional celebrations, their main celebration seems to be greeting the Swedish Royal Family, and free access to the Royal Castle all day. If there are any Swedes reading this: please let me(us) know if there are other substantial activities going on today, that might grow into repeated traditions? Because of all this, I did not choose to create the garland in a distinct vintage style.
Even though the Swedish National Day has not been celebrated on a large scale, June 6th has been an important Swedish date for half a century. Several important historical events took place on this date. The Royal Family has seemingly been taking a large interest in developing the day into a day of Swedish rejoice, a very wise move, if you ask me! In my opinion all countries should have a day like that. I might be a bit bias, though, since we Norwegians have the May 17th, known world wide for our massive celebration, including all people in Norway, young and old, religious or not, ethnically Norwegian or not. I hope the Swedes will find a way of utilizing June 6th to mark freedom, equality and brotherhood!
Princess Estelle Silvia Ewa Mary (b. February 23rd 2012) is second in line to the Swedish throne, after her mother Crown Princess Victoria.
Now I (might) have a surprise for you: Princess Estelle is ALSO a 4xgreat granddaughter of Queen Victoria! I plan to present the Swedish Royal family more thoroughly (hopefully sometime soon) and then I will explain (with pictures) how the Swedish Royal family also tie in with “The Grandmother of Europe” 🙂
If you are curious about my Pretty Data project, and interested in the Victorian and Edwardian eras, please get in touch, as I’m still hoping to sign up more helpers with my project! Warning: you’d have to be pretty crazy about imagery, somewhat interested in history, and have a (more or less secret) crush on royalty!…lol
You can print the individual flags on A4-sheets for a really large garland, two pages per sheet for a medium size garland, or choose 4 flags per sheet for a small garland (the garland in my pictures is the small size).
I used the font Baskerville that came with my photoshop for this design. If you like the font, there is a free version called Libre Baskerville available on Fontsquirrel. It is a classical font, designed in 1724.
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I used elements from the following source for this design: