​Students building up their wagons and parading in last year's Cortége. Source: Chalmers Film- & Fotokommitté

Cortege and Valborg coming this week

​Next Saturday, the 30th of April, is a big day in Gothenburg! We will have the Cortége and Valborg. But what are these events? 
Next Saturday, the 30th of April, is a big day in Gothenburg! We will have the Cortége and Valborg. But what are these events? 

Around 250,000 people will line the streets of central Gothenburg to watch the annual Chalmers Cortége on April 30. The event, which is organised every year by students at Chalmers, has been running since 1909. 
Students from Chalmers parade through central Gothenburg with a large number of floats and vehicles that satirically depict significant public events, both national and international. The event attracts crowds of thousands of people and it’s a tradition in the city.

Valborg Night in Sweden, was originally a German tradition that marks the end of winter and the beginning of spring.In Sweden, it is traditionally celebrated by lighting bonfires. People gather around the fire and listen to choirs performing spring songs. The fires have their roots before Christianity, and are believed to be about burning the old to give place to the new. It was a pagan festivity where the fires were also said to scare away witches and evil spirits. However, these days Valborg celebrations are not a religious festivity for most people in Sweden. There are several celebrations with bonfires in and around the city. There is a big celebration with with the student unions of both Chalmers and Gothenburg University at Trädgårdsföreningen, in the city center. 

Besides all of that, the committee at Chalmers that organises parties will host the Valborgskallas, a huge party in the Student Union building. Here is a picture from the last year.

 
​​Picture: Valborgskallas from FestU, at the Student Union Building. Source: Chalmers Film & Foto Committee

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