Why is midsummer so important in Sweden? | Undutchables

Why is midsummer so important in Sweden?

Categorie: Cultural

Scandinavia has long, dark winters; therefore it is not surprising that the arrival of the summer is a big deal in the Nordics countries. In Sweden, I would say, Midsummer’s Eve is one of the most important days of the year.

Midsummer Eve is always celebrated on a Friday and varies between June 20th to June  26th.

At Midsummer, the summer solstice is the lightest day of the year on the north part of the globe. You could say that the Swedes are celebrating the light. It is an old tradition that is celebrated with folk dances and songs around the May Pole, accompanied by different plays! And there is no Midsummer celebration without Små grodorna, a dancing game in which people of all ages hop around the May pole while singing songs about little frogs. Very enjoyable!

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Traditionally you eat pickled herring, fresh potatoes and other traditional Swedish food and you enjoy the seasons fresh Swedish strawberries.

Also, Midsummer is considered to be the time of magic, the nature has a special power. One thought that picking flowers and waving these into wreaths and crowns is a way to harness nature’s magic and will give you good health throughout the rest of the dark year. Not everyone is aware of how this tradition started, but  it is still an important part of any Midsummer festivity.

The magic of romance is not to be underestimated. Traditionally, for unmarried girls, it is said that one should pick seven types of flowers and place them under the pillow and you will dream about your future husband!

So why celebrate Midsummer? To enjoy the light and the start of the summer holiday season, good food and music and to spend time with family and friends! 

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