Homstrom

Homstrom

First Sunday in February
Homstrom is a Swiss festival celebrating the end of winter. In many ways, it is reminiscent of the February 1 mid-winter festival observed by the ancient Celts, known as Imbolc. One tradition associated with the day is the burning of a straw man who symbolizes Old Man Winter. It is occasionally observed by Swiss-American communities on the first Sunday in February.
CONTACTS:
Switzerland Tourism
Swiss Ctr., 608 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10020
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www.myswitzerland.com
SOURCES:
RelHolCal-2004, p. 271
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In 1989, 16 people were killed, including several MPs and the social democratic politician John-Olle Persson, when a Beech 99 operated by Homstrom Air crashed shortly before landing in Oskarshamn, Sweden.
See Homstrom [1979], Lazear and Rosen [1981], Stiglitz [1987] and Akerlof and Yellen [1986], to name a few important papers in this area.