Skara has a great tradition of music and especially choirs and musical performance, something you simply must see at least once and if so, spring, April 30th, Beltane and Valborg. MV, Ockto Pelle (as I call them, I think it’s Octo Puelle ;)) and Skara choir all have performances followed by speeches. They may not seem important but if you consider it’s the arch bishop and bishop of the oldest church in Sweden, and filmed and televized, you might grasp that it’s sort of the Swedish church coming out of hibernation.
This year Åke Bonnier held a speech to spring. Looking at the programme I was almost bored thinking: “oh, here we go”, but he proceeded to hold a very strong speech against racism, sexism, fear and xenophobia in general. And very strongly. He didn’t even hide who he was making the speech against. I cheered loudly, I can tell you that. In the past years Sweden has seen xenophobic party Sweden Democrats and racism grow stronger, only to grow weaker this election year. And I was almost in tears as he held his speech, so in a bloody merry mood as we watched the night’s bonfire, I can tell you that. He even used the new Swedish word “hen” (a pronoun independent of gender, differing from “hon” och “han” and raising snickers in the English Speaking audience) stating “we are all free to identify ourselves as we want to, unity is in diversity”.
Lets hope the love of spring is strong, just like Åke Bonnier said, spring is diversity, change, and unity and love in differences. Blessed be! 🙂