Note: A small, unfortunate typo has been discovered in the Allmogens Almanac 2021. The typo consists of the small week numbers on the side of the calendar being shifted one week, i.e. where it says week 3 in the calendar, it is actually week 2, etc. So you have to take the week in the calendar minus 1 to get the right week. The almanac has been printed in a limited edition and is sold to support Allmogens's independent work for Swedish history and culture. We are extremely grateful to those of you who bought the almanac and can live with the printing error, a mistake that would otherwise have been devastating for our small public education activity. The almanac is really nice, our finest almanac so far, albeit with a small misprint.
In earlier times, you could find notes in almanacs about historical events that occurred on today's date. These were events that were considered important to remember.
In the Allmogens almanac you will find just such events from the history of the Swedish people that we believe are important to remember, because they show the value our ancestors placed on their freedom.
Our history is "both a good teacher and a good source of strength", said Vilhelm Moberg during a speech at a defence loan party in Karlstad on 15 March 1942.
Then, of course, you have to remember your history. Otherwise, it's easy to forget what your ancestors fought for.
Contents of the almanac:
- 12 months, 12 selected photos
For each month, an old photo has been selected from the 19th or early 20th century that depicts a beautiful moment from the history of the Swedish polymath. We have dug deep into the archives of the Swedish National Heritage Board and the country's museums to find motifs worthy of adorning your wall for an entire month. At Allmogens instagram you can get a taste of what kind of photos we're talking about. But which photos have been selected for this calendar, that's a surprise...
- Events and struggles for the preservation of freedom
There is a blood-red thread running through our history, and it is the struggle of ordinary people for freedom and against oppression. The Engelbrekt Rebellion, the Dackefejden, inhuman peasants and bailiffs, the Great Dance of Daldance, the detestable aristocracy, the Klågerup Massacre, political trials, and of course the central power and state over-preservation of our time.
In the almanac you will find day-by-day notes on both major and minor events in our history of freedom. Like when Engelbrekt and his men burned down the bailiff's castle of Borganäs on Midsummer's Day 1434, or when the Swedish military murdered 30 Scanian peasants in cold blood on 15 June 1811. We remember.
- Prominent freedom fighters, thinkers and cultural giants
In history books, it is usually the kings, queens and nobility who are highlighted as the great people. Allmogens almanac highlights the common people, who in different ways were greater people than their contemporary rulers. You will find in the almanac the deaths and birthdays of some of our greatest Swedish writers, poets, inventors, artists, philosophers, industrialists, and more. Vilhelm Moberg, Torgny Segerstedt, Selma Lagerlöf, Erik Gustaf Geijer, Fabian Månsson, Astrid Lindgren, Verner von Heidenstam, Viktor Rydberg, these are people whose life's work deserves to be remembered at least two days a year.
- Important commemorations and festivals of the old farming community
Look at a regular calendar and you're sure to find Midsummer, Christmas Eve and Easter. But where are the important festivals and days like Michaelmas, St Bartholomew's Day, or St Thomas' Day? The important turning points of the seasons are also listed; the spring and autumn equinoxes, and of course midwinter and midsummer. And what day was it that Christmas beer would traditionally be finished brewing? You won't miss those days in this almanac.
- agricultural internships
Each month contains selected words of wisdom from the classic Bondepraktikan, 1875 edition.