Swedish Midsummer feast
Swedish Midsummer feast Reviews
swedish, traditional, celebration Jun 28, 2010
Every year when the daylight are as longest in our country we celebrate Midsummer evening. In northern parts of our country the sun stays up for 24h and even here in the Stockholm area it never get really dark at night. Between 11 pm and 2.30 am it is some darkness, but not really dark.
A typical Swedish Midsummer celebration starts midday on Midsummer-evening. People pick flowers and green leaves and decorate poles, big and small. Many girls and women, and even some boys, pick flowers and make certain girlands putting on their heads. The lunch is typical with 'sill och färskpotatis' herring/raw fish and fresh potatoes that you just picked from their soil. You also eat Swedish strawberries for the first time of the season. That is really something special. Having said that, well sometimes you make a pick nick basket with lighter food if you make an excursion or something. After lunchtime you raise the decorated midsummer pole and most often have some music to it and dance special folkloristic games and dances. Funny actual.
In the evening you make some barbecue and drink some beers and the traditional Swedish 'snaps' accompanied by special traditional songs. In a good company you then can stay outside until the morning comes and the birds starts sing again, before you go to bed.
Unfortunely, this season most often are accompanied with too much alcoholic beverages, so it can be quite messy on some places.
But as a tradition Midsummers celebration is as big as Christmas or in the USA Thanksgiving weekend.
People are together for fun and good fellowship.
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