Finally Friday! And not just any Friday, but crayfish-party-Friday! Some of our friends have put together a crayfish party, which will be the first (and probably only one) that I attend this year.
I have to say that I’m a huge fan of crayfish parties. It has nothing to do with crayfishes although they are of course yummy too, but I especially enjoy the simplicity of these parties. You come, you eat, you sing, you drink. You eat some more, sing some more and have a few "snaps" (not the sweet, peach stuff, no no, here we are talking Akvavit –something I don’t even like but at these parties it’s kind of fun) and that’s probably when the singing really takes off. Oh, and you do all of this while wearing funny hats (if you’re in that mood, I have to confess that I personally tend to skip those). Sweden isn’t really rich when it comes to festivals and stuff (ehhh) but got to love the yearly crayfish parties that take place every year in August.
Someone recently asked me why we have these crayfish parties, and I caught myself not really being able to answer. Was it so that the crayfish parties to Swedes were something like Thanksgiving to Americans, my friend wondered? Ehh…. Not really. Rather, I think it has something to do with the fact that crayfish harvesting in Sweden was, for most of the 20th century, legally limited to late summer, and people therefore thought of turning it into a party when they were finally allowed to harvest. Or something like that?!
Anyways, whatever excuse there is to celebrate, I tend to embrace it. Have a great Friday everyone!
Crucial part of the party part one: Singing
Crucial part of the party part two: snaps-ing