"Midsummer Celebrations" Sweden Local Custom Tip by marielexoteria

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Midsommar, or midsummer, is one of the most ancients traditions in Sweden. The celebrations are held on "midsommarafton" or the eve of midsummer, which is the Friday under the period of 19th of 25th of June.

People wear a flower crown made of birch (soft) branches and covered with 7 kinds of flowers. Then people build a maypole, decorated it and dance around it. Traditional dishes that are eaten then are boiled fresh potatoes (the first from the harvest), herring, and strawberries or strawberry cake. To this people drink snaps and sing songs.

According to tradition, young girls used to collect 7 different kinds of flowers, put them under their pillow and dream of their future husband.

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  • Updated Aug 17, 2007
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