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Midsommar 2010

28 Jun

Pleasant weather brings home summer

The weather reports were true, for once – it was indeed a beautiful day for Midsummer! Here are a few pictures of an authentic maypole raising!

© Mark Wong

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Midsommar 2010

25 Jun

Summer is officially here

This year, June 25th marks Midsommar (midsummer in English), a not-to-miss highlight of the Swedish summer. It is a celebration of fertility, light and life, when flowers bloom, vegetables grow, couples form, and days are long…

The Swedish Institute has a nice and complete explanation with pictures, and there’s a bit more of a fish-out-of-water (and into the pickle jar!) view on things on this blog. This is the holiday Sweden is famous for, with traditional costumes, typical foods, stiff drinks, energetic dances, loud songs…

It has often been the source of stereotypes on Swedish celebrations – for one example, check out Ikea Germany’s parody of the festivities. Note not everyone thought it was funny, and it even got banned, so it’s not to everyone’s taste!

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