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Glad Midsommar!

Published: June 22, 2018

Glad midsommar! Happy Midsummer!


In Sweden, summer days are very long--it doesn’t get dark at all in northern Sweden! (This is the flip side of the dark winters we blogged about in January.) All this light merits some celebration, and the Swedes sure do know how to celebrate!

Sjölunden participants raise the maypole
At Sjölunden, we make and raise our own maypole to celebrate midsommar.

A traditional Swedish Midsummer celebration includes dancing around a maypole to folk songs such as Vi äro musikanter (“We Are Musicians”) and Små grodorna (“Small Frogs”). There’s also a smörgåsbord (feast) complete with traditional Swedish dishes like pickled herring and meatballs.


There’s also a superstition that walking backward into seven fields, picking seven different types of flowers, hopping over seven fences, and sleeping with the flowers under your pillow will allow you to dream about the person you’re going to marry. Want to give it a try?