For the first time since 1956, Sweden has postponed a Grand Banquet in honor of the awarding of the Nobel Prize. This decision was made as part of the fight against the spread of the coronavirus.
The Local reported.
“Nobel week will not be the same as usual through the current pandemic. This is a special year when everyone needs to make sacrifices and adapt to completely new circumstances,” said Lars Heikensten, Director of the Nobel Foundation.
According to him, the winners ‘ works will be marked “in different ways.” We can assume that he meant receiving awards in the embassies of their countries.
The Nobel Prize Banquet involves a Banquet of 1,300 people with the Swedish Royal family in Stockholm on December 10. However, this year, the announcement of the winners, as planned, will take place on October 5 and 12.
The last time the Banquet was canceled in 1956, in order not to invite the Soviet Ambassador because of the repression of the revolution in Hungary. It is also known that the feast did not take place in 1907 and 1924 because of the first and Second World War.