Midsommar Celebrations

A is Stockholm B is Öregrund

I traveled the distance to Stockholm Sweden for the Midsommar celebrations.  This is when the Swedish celebrate the summer solstice. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. This holiday is huge in Scandinavia and is only second to Christmas. Sweden is located much farther north than some other Eurpoean coutries like England so in Stockholm it stays light for most of the day during the summer and vice versa in the winter.  The first night we went out was so fascinating to me, it started to get dark around midnight, and then when we walked out of a bar at three in the morning in was light again! Amazing! This year the solstice fell on the 21st of June and the weekend following we partied!

 

We traveled north for Midsommar to the city of Öregrund. We met up with a group of people at a friend’s house.  He had a main house and two guesthouses.  It was beautiful.  Everyone was excited to be off work and everyone truly enjoyed themselves on the first night.

 

The next day was the day we celebrated Midsommar.   The day began with the girls gathering flowers for their crowns, and a few people starting to make the maypole.


We then had a lunch, but before we ate we sat around the table and sang songs, and took a shot with each song (here I would advise half shots or even faking a shot).  Then lunch was served. We had lovely typical Swedish cuisine such as pickled herring with different sauces like mustard and dill.  It was delicious.

We digested, then the games began! Teams were formed and we played silly games such as seeing who could hammer a nail in wood the fastest or what boy put on tights the quickest.  There was also a beer-drinking contest amongst the girls.  I won- I didn’t go to Michigan State University for nothing!  We celebrated past the sunrise, but like I said before, it rises at three am so that was easy.

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