Swedish Midsommar

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Midsommarafton is around the corner and it is, by far, one of the most celebrated days during the whole year.

The parks, the green areas, the coastline

In public parks, large and small green areas and along the coastline – there’s people everywhere. Even when it rains, wich is almost always the case this particular day.

The flowers, the dancing

In the middle of June we celebrate the happening of “Sommarsolståndet”: night and day are the exact same length.

It’s is still light at midnight, which is when you ought to go out and pick flowers. Not just any, but 7 different wild ones, to put under your pillow to dream of your future spouse.

The Midsummer pole

The event of the day and usually performed in a ceremonial manner, with a count down and a cheer. Afterwards the dance around the pole starts, traditionally accompanied by Swedish folk music.

The food, the drinks and…

Midsommar is very much about the the food and the cake.

Pickled herring, new potatoes, sour cream and snaps is usually served at lunch. Hot dogs and meatballs for the young ones.

At night we eat barbequed meat, sausages, corn cobs, grilled marchmallows, dips, sauses, sallads, veggies… You name it!

… the cake!

For dessert: strawberry short cake or strawberries with whipped cream. Yum!


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Freelance writer, proof reader, blogger and webbdesigner based in Sweden. I run this and two other blogs: mrsswede.wordpress.com and prtextochbild/blogg when not writing for others.

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