Happy midsummer! On Friday they celebrate midsummer in Sweden. It’s the shortest night of the year and time for a big party. The celebration starts with a wonderful midsummer lunch with new potatoes, raw herring and strawberry cake. After that, everyone, both young and old, go to dance around the maypole for a few hours. In the evening, we have a BBQ party and stay up all night until the morning sun rises. As the night is the shortest of the year, the morning comes fast. I have so many beautiful memories from watching the sunrise on midsummer.
One of the most popluar songs is called “Little Frogs” and the text is about how the little frogs are very funny and have no ears and tails but they say koackacka.
In the evening, all women go out to pick seven kinds of flowers to put under the pillow. Then they will dream about the men they will marry later on, according to the folk tradition.
The midsummer night is always surrounded by lots of magic and it makes me think about Shakespeare’s A Midsummernight’s Dream.” Midsummer is a big inspiration for many artists, writers and musicians.