Midsummer – The gala festival of Sweden

You might have not seen a Midsummer celebration happening in Sweden but the chances are that you might have heard about this famous Swedish gala.

If any Swede is asked about the Midsummer celebration, the common answer that one could get is that, “Hmm, Yeah, We celebrate the festival by erecting a maypole, singing and dancing around with wineglasses in hand”. But, getting the facts straight, “Mid”summer gives the meaning. It marks the summer solstice when the people experience the longest day of the year. In fact some people say, the sun never sets. Although assuming the truth was a bit stretched here, for the past few days, we did see that the daylight was available for most of the time. A lot of green will be seen during the celebration because the vegetation shall be seen at their highest. Its also interesting to notice that exactly 6 months down the line, people shall be celebrating X-mas!

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Midsummer Maypole

It certainly is the day for children, as a lot of kiddos shall be seen looking so happy. A number of games are held to engage them. I too did participate in one such game, where I figured out that its a trick, but still children feel happy playing it. Fish a parcel, Nail it fast, Spin the wheel were some games being arranged in Vitabergsparken.

More people spreading the spirit of summer day! #midsummer #visitstockholm #visitsweden #sthlm #stockholm

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The traditional dresses are worth to make a mention. One such person, whom I met was with her daughter. She said me that, the dress what she wears belongs to her grandma’s and the dress what her daughter wore was worn by her when she was young! And she was proud to say that!

Flowers are also an integral part of the celebration. You can see a lot of people wearing flower head garlands. I too managed to borrow it from a benevolent soul! 😛

😎#midsummer #picoftheday #sthlm #visitstockholm #visitsweden

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Another interesting belief is that, as said by one of my friend, young girls keep the flowers beneath the sleeping pillow during the midsummer night and the tradition is that they shall dream about the man of their lives. It would be funny to see if they dream an animal, a cow or something! 😛

You can ask me that being Midsummer, why does it rain! Hell yeah, that bewilders me too! :O Check this video and see what people say to me during this midsummer.

Don’t forget to enjoy this crazy song in the video! It’s damn good.

Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se. (The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to observe.)
Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se.(The little frogs, the little frogs are funny to observe.)
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.(No ears, no ears no tails do they possess.)
Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de. (No ears, no ears no tails do they possess.)

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa.
Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,
kou ack ack ack ack kaa. (This is super fun!)

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