Midsummer dating

27-Nov-2019 05:03

Despite their poor showing as churchgoers, Swedes still like to wed in a country church with a flower-bedecked, arched entrance and beautiful hymns.

In agrarian times, Midsummer celebrations in Sweden were held to welcome summertime and the season of fertility.

In mid-June, school is out and nature has burst into life. In fact, in the north of Sweden it doesn’t, and in the south only for an hour or two. Friends and family gather for the most typically Swedish tradition of all: Midsummer.

Swedes are fairly well attuned to the rhythms of nature.

At Midsummer, many begin their five-week annual holidays and everyone is in a hurry to get things done during the relatively short summer season.

Midsummer Eve is celebrated in the countryside − as always − and on the day before, everyone leaves town, everything closes and the city streets are suddenly spookily deserted.

Deep inside, Swedes are all agreed on what it should look like and how it should proceed.

They also decorated their houses and farm tools with foliage, and raised tall, leafy maypoles to dance around, probably as early as the 1500s.Midsummer was primarily an occasion for young people, but it was also celebrated in the industrial communities of central Sweden, where all mill employees were given a feast of pickled herring, beer and schnapps.It was not until the 1900s, however, that this became the most Swedish of all traditional festivities.The traditional accompaniment is a cold beer and schnapps, preferably spiced.Every time the glasses are refilled, singing breaks out anew.

They also decorated their houses and farm tools with foliage, and raised tall, leafy maypoles to dance around, probably as early as the 1500s.

Midsummer was primarily an occasion for young people, but it was also celebrated in the industrial communities of central Sweden, where all mill employees were given a feast of pickled herring, beer and schnapps.

It was not until the 1900s, however, that this became the most Swedish of all traditional festivities.

The traditional accompaniment is a cold beer and schnapps, preferably spiced.

Every time the glasses are refilled, singing breaks out anew.

Midsummer is an occasion of large gatherings − and to be honest, many Swedes take advantage of it to fulfil their social obligations so that they can enjoy the rest of their holiday in peace.