I've only celebrated it once and I think S proposed during midsummer back in 2010 (the date tends to vary each year though)
So, midsummer is almost upon us and before I could ask 'what's so grand about midsummer'... S has made plans and booked for another weekend trip to Uto.. I get a lecture whenever I ask "What's so grand about midsummer???" As far as I'm concerned, it's just another excuse for people to drink more ;P haha *ducks*
The last time we got into the Midsummer spirit, we celebrated it in Skansen (it's something like our Ballarat back in Melbourne. Great place to visit to learn more about Swedish culture)..
A little bit about midsummer: It consist of everyone (children, adults etc) dancing around the maypole. While dancing around it, traditional music are played and songs are sang associated with the holiday. (think Swedish songs, and me just miming and looking silly!) Some people adorn traditional costumes or crowns made from wild springs and wildflowers around their heads. The year's first potatoes, herring, chives, sour cream, beer, snaps and first strawberries of the season are traditionally eaten. Drinking songs and extremely important for this feast, and many of them drink heavily =P
Some history about Midsummer:
|Skansen 2010: Flowers and leaves were decorated all over the pole before it gets erected in the middle of the field|
|This was S back in 2010.. so smug looking!!! I love rummaging through past photos =)|
|This little girl is all dressed in the Swedish colours.. so gorgeous!|
|Crowns around the head.. People were just everywhere...|
|In all.. shapes... and sizes... *cough*|
|The traditional 'dancing around the maypole'|
Until next time..