The onset of January heralds a new year, and with it return of Makers Street — Lindsborg’s Art Walk — from 5 to 8 p.m. Jan. 10. The theme of January’s Makers Street will revolve around the Swedish tradition of King Knut’s Day, the group announced recently.
“King Knut’s Day, or Tjugondag Knut (Twentieth-day Knut), occurs each Jan. 13,” Visit Lindsborg officials said. “In Sweden, this day was the day set aside for removing all the Christmas decorations, flinging doors and windows open, and sweeping the dust and debris of the old year from the house.”
Today, many Swedes celebrate the day with a Julgransplundring (literally “Christmas tree plundering”). Usually the day includes a children’s party offering one last opportunity for Christmas festivities; the adults tear down and pack up the Christmas decorations while the children savor candies and cookies.
“Following old customs, Swedes decorated the tree with various goodies,” Visit Lindsborg officials said. “Today, goodies are supplied on plates rather than plundered from the tree. Those with real trees toss the now bare branches through the window and out into the snow, often wishing their tree and the Christmas season a final farewell in song.”
The community is also hosting a potluck celebration on King Knut’s Day.
“Each year on King Knut’s day, the community at large is invited to ring out the Christmas season,” Visit Lindsborg officials said. “Join in the fun on 12 p.m. Jan. 13 at Bethany Lutheran Church, 320 N. Main Street in Lindsborg. Bring a dish, bring the family and bring good cheer to share. All are welcome!”
One night a month, Lindsborg’s Main Street transforms into Makers Street — The Lindsborg Art Walk event, featuring artists and crafters of all types, known at the event as Makers.
“Enjoy the local late night atmosphere and creative conversations peppered with live music, food and drink,” organizers said. “Follow the Makers Street — The…