The Swedish “student”, a post-high school party spoiled by the Covid-19

Posted on July 06, 2020 at 8:28 a.m.- Updated on July 22, 2020 at 3:03 p.m.

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It was a great moment that had been prepared for a long time.Every year, at the beginning of June in Sweden, young people mark the end of their secondary studies by the "student".This event, between rite of passage and gala, was maintained despite the pandemic, with declining ambitions.

“It's still a little sad…” Mother of three, Anette Elmer thought she was right.But in early June, when she arrived in front of her daughter's high school - an elegant red brick building in the center of the university city of Lund, in the south of Sweden -, the 45-year-old chemist does not hide her disappointment.Instead of the festive atmosphere, which should have inhabited the place, for the ceremony in honor of the final year students, the courtyard of Lars Erik-Larsson-gymnasiet, crisscrossed in ten sections, looks like a cattle fair.

Behind the ropes, families keep a distance from each other.It is not complicated: in this establishment, each high school student was only allowed to invite three people.There is no question, however, of giving up the The parents came with the signs, ordered from the photographer.We see the happy faces of the high school students when they were as tall as three apples.Usually, brandished towards the sky, they allow the pupils to spot their relatives in the crowd.Today, they are superfluous.

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When her daughter, in a white dress, leaves high school one last time with her classmates, Anette wipes away a tear.That day, she has imagined it since Siri entered school, "like many parents., I think ”.The end of year celebrations, from kindergarten to college, unchanging appointments of the Swedish school calendar, were as many repetitions before this grand finale that is the student.This Swedish word means“ student.”It also designates the end of schooling party for high school students, after thirteen years spent on the school benches.In other words, almost a lifetime, for 19-year-olds, determined to mark the student generally takes place between the end of May and the beginning of June, a few days after the studentbal, the “prom”, which signals the launch of the festivities.

Posted Date: 2020-08-26

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