St Knut’s Day

On January 13, known as St Knut’s Day or Hilarymas, Swedish and Norwegian children enjoy one last festive party and then the decorations and trees are taken down. The folk saying is “Twentieth day Knut, Driveth Yule out.” There are records of two medieval St. Knuts (or Canute), one was a martyred Danish king of the eleventh century, the other a martyred duke of the twelfth century.

 

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