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Swedish Tradition: Midsummer (by Krystle )

Happy Midsummer to you all!

Since it is midsummer in Sweden I thought that it could be interesting to explain why and how we celebrate it for those who might not be familiar with midsummer. Feel free to tell us if you are celebrating midsummer and if you do, how you are celebrating it in the comment section!

Let’s start with some history of the midsummer celebration. Midsummer is celebrated in multiple countries all around the world but in different ways and on different dates, however, all the countries celebrate it somewhere between June 19th and June 25th. The holiday is supposed to welcome the summer, and it’s also been a tradition for the farmers to celebrate Midsummer to wish for a good harvest by the end of the summer.

Midsummer is one of the biggest holidays in Sweden, it’s such a big event that it even has been discussions about making it the official national day of Sweden! Most people spend the holiday with friends and family and eat some of the Swedish traditional food like potato, meatballs, pickled herring and strawberries. It’s also very common that people take a schnapps (Swedish: Snaps) with the dinner, however, the alcohol consuming doesn’t end there. Midsummer is the holiday in Sweden when the most amount of alcohol is consumed and it is also the holiday when most Swedes are travelling, not a good combo…


Now to the more weird things Swedish people do during midsummer. During midsummer eve a huge leaf and flower covered pole is raised, kids usually help out with collecting flowers and then the adults assemble the so-called, midsummer pole (Swedish: Midsommarstång). Later during the day family and friends meet around the midsummer pole and later on dance and sing together, songs such as “Little frogs” (Swedish: Små grodorna) and “We are musicians” (Swedish: Vi äro musikanter) are a few songs that often can be heard during the midsummer celebration. Most people dress up a bit for midsummer, and kids and women usually make and wear flower crowns during the entire day.




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Upshift wrote on 29-06 18:09:
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Nice. I don't think I've heard of this holiday, or at least I didn't know anything about it!
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Private wrote on 24-06 04:06:
Rochellette wrote:
So cool!! Love the article and nice Layout (l)
Here in Mexico we don't celebrate midsummer so is nice to read about this celebration.
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Intimate wrote on 23-06 23:55:
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Hyvää juhannusta perkele, kyllä me sitä täällä Suomessakin vietämme! Makkaraa ja kaljaa koko kansalle
English please. (:
Happy midsummer perkele, we celebrate it in Finland too! Sausage and beer for the whole nation
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Libertas wrote on 23-06 23:16:
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Intimate wrote:
Hyvää juhannusta perkele, kyllä me sitä täällä Suomessakin vietämme! Makkaraa ja kaljaa koko kansalle
English please. (:
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Intimate wrote on 23-06 23:13:
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Hyvää juhannusta perkele, kyllä me sitä täällä Suomessakin vietämme! Makkaraa ja kaljaa koko kansalle
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Libertas wrote on 23-06 23:10:
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Rosheo wrote:
Fun fact, loads of babies are born 9 months after midsummer. It's actually
the most common, that children are born in Sweden in mid-late 
Oh... Uhm.. I’m born in late March 
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Rosheo wrote on 23-06 19:24:
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Fun fact, loads of babies are born 9 months after midsummer. It's actually
the most common, that children are born in Sweden in mid-late march.. 
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Koolaid wrote on 23-06 19:24:
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because of that new horror movie, i can only think of a cult when i hear midsommar.
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Godis wrote on 23-06 19:19:
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Happy Midsummer!
I celebrate midsummer by dancing around the maypole, eating midsummer food, eating strawberries and spending time with my family.

Interesting article and nice layout!
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Libertas wrote on 22-06 22:59:
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Ad0xa wrote:
Glad midsommar!

Also I love the layout <3 
Krystle always make such beautiful layouts! 😍
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Ad0xa wrote on 22-06 20:13:
Ad0xa wrote:
Glad midsommar!

Also I love the layout <3 
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Moss wrote on 21-06 23:49:
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Happy midsummer! 💖
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Moss wrote on 21-06 23:48:
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Happy midsummer! 💖
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Platin wrote on 21-06 23:25:
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Happy midsummer :)
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December wrote on 21-06 23:24:
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Glad midsommar allihopa
Happy midsummer everyone
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Libertas wrote on 21-06 23:22:
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Glad midsommar <3
Happy midsummer <3



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