It’s happening this Friday and I’m here to guide you through all things midsummer.
Maybe it’s not a surprise that swedes got some of the weirdest and slightly craziest traditions. Midsummer is one of them and even I, a swede myself, have a hard time explaining the tradition of jumping around a maypole as a frog… But here’s a few things you might want to know if you’re a newbie to all things midsummer or just plain curious as to what the weirdos up north are celebrating.
1. It will rain. Every year, to no avail, it will rain. Some years it’s only a few drops of water and other years it’s a downpour. But no matter where you are in Sweden, it will rain during midsummer celebration. Mark my words.
2. Dancing around the maypole like a frog. I couldn’t make this up if I tried. Some traditions are crazier than others. Traditionally you meet friends and family early in the day to make the maypole and then raise it together. After that you spend about an hour jumping/dancing around the thing to obey the old God (As I said- Weirdos, the entire bunch). Note to self- not every maypole is a work of art…
3. We like to make food the center of every tradition and celebration and midsummer is no different. The midsummer meal is basically our christmas meal but more summerish. Fresh potatoes, pickled herring (yes you read that right) and as desert- anything strawberry.
4. Don’t forget the drinks! If there is one thing swedes like to do more than eat- it’s drink. And there is nothing like a bit of liquid courage to get you through some of the embarrassing games and maypole-activity the day have in store.
5. Flower crowns. It’s summer after all and flowers are the center of summer symbolism. Therefor it’s tradition for the girls to walk around with flowers in their hairs. It’s lika a national wide coachella! Just make sure to watch out for the bees. Bzzzzz….
I hope everyone will have a lovely midsummer, no matter if you celebrate it or not. Remember to drink responsibly and really elongate those frog movements.
All the best,