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Saturday Sketchbook: Spring Festival Ribbons

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Ragnild, Sigrún, Iona, and Sven, dressed all fancy.

The seasons in pole-spanning Sønheim aren’t like the ones in temperate climates. “Summer” is the part of the year when it’s never fully dark outside, and “winter” is the rest of it — subdivided into parts that are usually translated as Early Winter, Darkest Winter, and Still Winter.

The first day of summer is a holiday, whose name literally means “Ribbon Day,” but is frequently translated as “Spring.” And when people are trying to translate “spring” into Sønska, they either transliterate, or call it “Ribbon Season.”

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