Yesterday we went to the 412th Jokkmokk market!
It is one of Swedens’ oldest markets and is very much talked about every year. They also have a summer market but the winter one is the big attraction. Oddly enough, yesterday was my first chance ever to go!
There were some plusses and there were some minusses.
Let’s start with the positive. It is traditional, a lot of handicrafts, people walking around in traditional clothing and traditional foods. Also traditional music! I am a big fan of the music of the Sami culture. (The Sami people are of course the native people of Lapland.)
Now the minusses….. soooooooo many people. I am not a big fan of crowds… kind of why I moved to a village with 50 inhabitants…. The amount of people made it difficult to walk, talk, see and move. That is how bad it was. This also made the food lines incredibly long. Also, even though I wrote with the positive that it is traditional, it was not as traditional as I expected. I expected more possibilities to learn about the Sami culture, and even more people in traditional clothing, maybe some activities.
I am happy we went yesterday as I have long been curious about this oh so famous market. Will I go back? Not unless I can go on a Thursday or a Friday. It was just too crowded for me.
Because of the huge crowds and because I am a short person, my picture possibilities were limited…… And as I did not like the crowd I tried to hide them a bit in the pictures, this also enabled me to really highlight the clothing. You see the look and the woman’s face? The second reindeer in line decided to rebel and started a stampede 😀 Can you imagine?? A [small] reindeer stampede!! No one was standing in front of them though. Apparently someone touched the reindeers horns. They don’t like that. Especially now as they are shedding their skin on the horns. It means they will soon lose these horns and grow new ones. It can look very bloody sometimes! 🍃🍃
~ Rebecca ~