For those of you who don’t know what a traditional Swedish midsummer celebration looks like, imagine every single person escape the city for the countryside where they spend the weekend eating caned fish, potatoes, strawberries and dance around a gigantic penis (maypole).
And don’t forget the drinks. A vital part!
An other big tradition revolves around the weather. It is said that true midsummer weather switches between sun and blue sky to rain every other hour. Set the table outside at your own risk!
This year I celebrated this glorious tradition with friends and we started the day by making our own flower crowns. It’s a big thing to have flowers in your hair- imagine coachella meets Sweden. I have never made my own flower crown before so I was pretty happy with the result. What do you think?
But we didn’t stop at just flower crowns, no way hosay! We moved right along and made our own maypole. It might have turned out slightly lopsided and just a bit unstable but considering what we had to work with I think it turned out amazingly. I’m very proud of us! And it was a beautiful piece of art to admire as we sat down to eat our midsummer lunch.
Later it was insisted that we dance around said maypole like frogs (also a tradition- a very strange one). I haven’t danced around a maypole in something like 15 years, it’s usually something you do as a kid but once you get older you think it’s a bit embarrassing. Of course it’s embarrassing, you dance like a frog around a flower decorated penis for crying out loud!
But why not revive old traditions? It was actually a lot of fun and a lot less awkward than I thought it would be. I’m definitely up for some more dancing next year.
The rest of the time we spent chatting away, playing various games, eating some more and having a jolly good time. Unfortunately it was traditional midsummer weather and we had to spend a lot of the celebration inside. But hopefully we’ll be able to do some of the outdoor activities next year, one can only hope!
Happy belated midsummer.