Swedish Midsommar

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Midsommarafton is by far one of the most popular and celebrated days during the whole year. I dare say it’s as important as Christmas Eve, maybe even more important for some.

Midsommar takes place in the middle of June and is a celebration of “Sommarsolståndet”, which means that day and night are the exact same length.

A meadow full of flowers is what I think about when I think about Midsommar

The light, the flowers, the dancing

It’s as light as daylight at midnight and the story is that if you pick 7 different wild flowers and put them under your pillow, you’ll dream about your future spouse.

Usually there is dancing, eating and drinking involved. The rising of the Midsummer pole is a big thing, and when it’s been risen we dance around it, often accompanied by folk music.

Strawberries, cake and pickled herring

Midsommar is very much about the children and both girls and boys are all dressed up, often in all white. We eat pickled herring and new potatoes with snaps and beer for lunch, and at night we usually barbeque and have strawberry cake for dessert.

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