This is Swedish for “Happy Midsummer”
For many people it must feel like summer has just started, when actually it is Midsummer already.
In Sweden, many people celebrate midsommarafton (Midsummer’s eve) tonight, which is traditionally the Friday between June 19th and June 25th.
At Midsummer, Swedish cities are very quiet, since the festivities are celebrated in the countryside.
Traditionally, women create their own flower crowns to wear on this special day. Other traditions include singing, eating cake and barbecues, and raising the maypole, which is a symbol for fertility. People dance a lot on this day to celebrate. One of the dances is the “frog dance”, where people jump like frogs around the maypole.
Since Midsummer celebrates both fertility and summer, and since the sun never really sets on this night, it is also quite common to celebrate romance. If you do not currently have a partner, you can pick seven different kinds of flowers and lay them underneath your pillow when you go to bed. According to legend you will then dream of your future bride or groom.
tsd wishes everybody a “Glad Midsommar” this weekend and a wonderful summer.