Posted by: nils91 | June 25, 2010

Swedish Midsummer, 25/06

Nils wrote about some traditions we have here in Sweden:

Hey! I’m going to tell you about two of our Swedish traditions (You will read about more in the pocket that you will get when you arrive here.)

Midsommarstång

Maypole

The first one is called midsommar (midsummer), and it’s celebrated very close to the day of the year when it is the summer solstice. Witch means it’s the day when the sun is on its northernmost extreme, and as a result of that it becomes the longest day of the year, and the shortest night of the year on the northern area of the equator. At the northern pole it’s even said to be no night at all!

The Christians of the Swedish church celebrated the midsummer due the birth of St. John the Baptist, but the people decided to celebrate this day just for having fun with your family and friends.

Here in Sweden we celebrate midsummer by gathering friends and relatives and dancing around a maypole and eating together.

It looks funny when we dance and there are many different dances, one of the most famous dances in Sweden are called The Little Frogs (= Små Grodorna in Swedish). Basically we jump around like frogs around the maypole to the music xD!

The food you can find on the table are for example pickled herring (= inlagd sill in Swedish, wich is a fish that we eat often at midsummer), fresh potatoes, meatballs and sausages and for desert strawberries and ice cream.

There are also some myths around the midsummer night, for example you shouldn’t swim outside in a lake or a sea cause then Näcken, the evil spirit of the water, might drag you down! (But its just a myth ._. )

It’s also said that for the girls if you pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and then on your way home walk across 9 Roundpole fences and then put the flowers under your pillow and fall asleep without saying anyting, then you will see your future man in the dream. 

//Nils

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  2. Thanks, is very kind of you! 🙂

  3. Trevlig midsommar, CREW-SE!! ❤

  4. What is it like to live in Scandinavia during the winter months, when the sun shines for so few months of the year? Please be so kind as to answer on my blog. Best!


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