What is it about?

Although Sweden is supposed to be a secular nation and practices in preschools are supposed to be non-confessional. almost all Swedish preschools mark and celebrate Christmas and Easter. The reluctance of preschool teachers to describe these celebrations as religious is due to a conception of Sweden as self-evidently non religious. On the other hand, based on a multifaceted phenomenology of religion, the celebrations can be seen as religious practice.

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Why is it important?

The analysis and discussion show on the one hand that religion is not limited to personal beliefs and convictions, and on the other hand, celebrating religious holidays are ways of encating religion without imposing it.

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This page is a summary of: Secularism and religious traditions in non-confessional Swedish preschools: entanglements of religion and cultural heritage, British Journal of Religious Education, January 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/01416200.2019.1569501.
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