From flower crowns to maypoles: The unique traditions of Midsummer in Sweden
As the days get longer and the nights shorter, Swedes all across the country gear up for one of their biggest celebrations - Midsummer.
With flower crowns adorning their heads and maypoles standing tall, this magical time of year is steeped in unique traditions that have been passed down through generations. From delicious food to quirky rituals, join us on a journey through Sweden's Midsummer festivities as we uncover what makes this celebration so special.
In Sweden, Midsummer is celebrated on the summer solstice—the longest day of the year. The holiday is a time to enjoy the warm weather and celebrate the beginning of summer. Midsummer traditions vary from region to region, but many Swedes celebrate by decorating a maypole with flowers and leaves, dancing around it, and singing traditional songs. Maypoles are often erected in town squares or other public places for everyone to enjoy.
Another popular Midsummer tradition is to wear a crown of flowers in your hair. This is said to bring good luck and symbolize the summertime.
Of course, no celebration would be complete without food! A traditional Midsummer feast typically includes pickled herring, new potatoes, boiled and eggs. Strawberries are also a popular treat during this time of year.
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