On Friday 22 June Swedes will mark the arrival of the sunny season by taking part in traditional Midsummer Eve celebrations. After the Sweden’s dark winters, this National Day is well deserved, with Midsummer Eve one of the lightest of the year and a magical occasion. Maypoles are raised in villages and cities across the country and everyone tucks into a traditional Midsummer feast, including pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and red onion – as well as fresh strawberries and schnapps! Find out more about where’s best to join in the fun across West Sweden.
Happy Midsummer all!
If you would happen to be in Sweden during this magical day, here are some tips of how to celebrate:
- Dress in bright, summery colors. Watchwords are vivid, relaxed, funny and summery.
- But most importantly – enter the party with a festive mood!
- Before going to the festivities, create your midsummer daisy-chain to put on your head
- Once there, eat as much herring, fresh potatoes, crispbread and strawberries as you like, however, it is just as important to drink schnapps and beer.
- Sing along in all schnapps songs, singing booklets are often spread around the table.
- After the midsummer lunch, it’s time to dance around the may pole. Let yourself go and try to imitate the swedes as good as possible. At Midsummer Eve, it is completely normal to imitate a frog while dancing around the pole.
- Generally speaking, Swedes are somewhat reserved, but at Midsummer Eve, it is completely acceptable to act out and be anything but reserved!
- Before bedtime, pick seven different flowers, put them under your pillow and you will dream about your future husband or wife!