GLAD MIDSOMMAR 🇸🇪🍓 now, is one of the biggest holidays in Sweden. It’s always on a Friday, between 19 and 25 June, around the time of summer solstice. This ofcourse makes the day of the celebration very long since the sun doesn’t set in parts of the country, and if it does it would be very late. People gather in parks, some will be travelling to their summer houses along the coast, or find their way to the archipelagos.
Midsummer, no I’m not talking about the movie
The official explanation for celebrating is the birthday of John the Baptist that occur the 24 June. However, today most of the people celebrate it to welcome summertime, and for many it’s the start of a five week annual holiday. Traditionally it also marks the season of fertility. It’s not a coincidence that many babies in Sweden are born in the month of March, the so called “Midsommarbarnen”. Yes, you guessed it right, I’m no exception, my birthday is indeed in the end of March 🙄
According to legend girls should collect seven kinds of flowers and put them under their pillow on Midsummer Eve. If doing this, the saying goes that you will dream about the person you will marry.
A maypole is raised, and traditional ring-dance ensue. Girls wear a midsummer wreath that’s usually made by binding flowers and leaves. Some people wear traditional costumes, but not everyone does.
Different kinds of pickled herring (Sill) is a must on the menu. You will also find boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, a grilled dish of some kind, usually salmon or some meat, and for dessert a strawberry cake or strawberries with cream 🍰🍓.
A cold beer and schnapps is always accompanied to the food 🥂
The evening continues with different games, singing, dancing and most of the times ends with (skinny) dipping 💦
So are you ready to celebrate?
Today is Midsummer Eve, and the day we celebrate.
Glad Midsommar 🇸🇪🇸🇪🇸🇪
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