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Celebrating a Swedish Midsummer

This weekend was Midsummer weekend, and for Swedish people that mean a weekend filled with food, dancing, drinking, and flowers. Friday was Midsummer day, so early in the morning, I took the bus out to our summer house with some friends to start the celebration. We got there around 10 am, and after saying ‘hello’ to everyone and unpack, it was time to start prepping for lunch.

Salmon, potatoes, salad, Swedish sill, drinks, bread, and more were placed on the table and the midsummer lunch could begin. No Swedish Midsummer lunch is complete without snaps on the table, this is aquavit, often flavored with classic Scandinavian spices, and with it comes the snapsvisor. Basically, songs you sing before drinking the snaps.

The hours between lunch and dessert were dedicated to dancing around a large pole decorated with flowers. We walked down to a field and joined the celebration by bringing drinks, flowers (to make the traditional flower crowns), blankets, and our best dance moves. Traditional Midsummer dances are Raketen, Flickorna de små, Små grodorna, Prästens lilla kråka, and Tre små gummor, and of course we joined in for all of them.

When we felt like we were done dancing and our glasses were empty, it was time to head back for some cake and coffee. During Midsummer, the strawberry cake is the most traditional dessert, basically, a cake all made up with cream, lemon curd, meringue, and strawberries. And yes, it’s delicious.

If you’ve managed to survive the day so far, congratulations. You’ve made it through snapsvisor, eaten sill, danced like a frog around a pole, and worn flowers around you’re head. Now it’s time to survive the games. The games can be anything really, such as norsk fylla, appelsinförflyttning, kubb, små grodorna, or stafett. And once you’ve made it through that, it’s time to eat some more.

In our family, we usually BBQ in the yard for dinner, meat, sausage, vegetarian skewers, halloumi, you name it. Food is pretty much one of the main activities during Midsummer celebration, we eat (and drink) a lot during this day.

 We finished the day with some more drinking and dancing, partying all together throughout the night. At 4.30 am, we shut down the music and called it a night. A pretty perfect Midsummer if you ask me.

Relevant post: How to survive a Swedish Midsummer. 

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