Travel Forums General Talk Midsummer!

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1. Posted by fia (Budding Member 54 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Wohooo! It's midsommer today!
For you who doesn't know it, this is one of the biggest holidays in Sweden, right up there with christmas and new years. People usually celebrate with family and friends, dress up and make a garland of flowers to put on their heads. Together people make a gigantic pole (this is actually a fallos symbol, a tradition from the vikings i belive) and dress it with leaves and fresh flowers. Then we sit down together and eat and drink. Most common is potatoes and "sill" (raw pickled fish, not as bad as it sounds!) and drick beer and snaps. For dessert it's mostly strawberries.
For familys with small children the dance around the flowered pole, the "midsommarstång" is a must do. That's when we sing "små grodorna" (the little frogs) and jump around the pole like frogs in a big cirkel. The nights are extremely short right now in Sweden, so people stay out really late. And for those who are near the sea or a lake, there's always the chans of a skinny dip! (Help me out here swedes, did I leave something out?) Anyway, apart from people who get to drunk, this is a beautiful tradition and a great holiday!

So happy midsummer everybody!

2. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

You crazy swedes! People jumpoing around like little frogs? That sounds great fun.

Happy midwinter to everyone in the Southern Hemisphere too.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

God midsommer til dere! :)

4. Posted by indio (Budding Member 84 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It's midsummer in Denmark as well today though we celebrate it differently. On the beaches all over the country we make massive bonfires and on them we put stuffed dolls that looks like witches with hats etc. The tradition comes from the old days where people still believed in witch craft and where suspected witches would be burned on the bonfire or thrown in the river to drown with big stones attached to them. If they floated despite the stone people saw it as a proof that the woman was a witch and if she drowned she was also a witch. If the witches got burned on the fire people used to say that they would be sent off to a place called "Bloksbjerg". Today people use this day as an excuse to eat and drink with family or friends and sing traditional songs around the bonfire and when the fire burns out children use the charcoal to make bread over. it's a really nice evening despite it's ghoulish history.

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

So...is this a holiday where men start sprouting donkies' heads?

I've never heard of Midsummer - but it sounds wonderful! In Quebec, tomorrow (June 24) is St-Jean-Baptiste day, an excuse for people to celebrate the province, get very drunk, have parades and parties, enjoy outdoor concerts, and complain about what an awful country Canada is and how Quebec will gain its independence shortly. Good times!

6. Posted by indio (Budding Member 84 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

ahaha... wicked! Funny, people in Denmark never complain about our country though some people tend to complain about the immigrants coming here to seek asylum. They want to keep denmark as "pure as possible", makes me ashamed! :(
Well back to the happy talk, Unfortunately midsummer is not a holiday in denmark, we only celebrate it for this one night. Would be nice though to make it into a holiday, but then again... every excuse for a few more days off :)

7. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting tway

So...is this a holiday where men start sprouting donkies' heads?

Nope! It's the day all the men don their Speedos and show off their manly physiques! Let me guess - Canuckistan didn't get the memo...

Though I may be completely mistaken, and without looking it up, Midsommar is the celebration of the summer solstice. It's also the celebration of Litha by pagans/wicca. (Litha celebrates the harvesting of herbs.) Shakespeare's A Midsummer's Night Dream is about the belief in faeries and their appearance the night before Midsummer dawns.

Happy Missommar to you!!!!! ;)

Note to self: send Tway memos about pagan holidays still being celebrated so she's in the loop.

8. Posted by onesaturn (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Midsummer, yes!!

This is the fest when in Finland everybody fleed the cities to the countryside to their summer cottages by the lakes or the sea, as well as to the music festivals around the country. The clubs and pubs here in Helsinki are just stranded.. poor tourists are wondering what's going on.. something they don't know about

I'm off for a refreshing swim on the lake, as soon as, I get my hands of this computer.. Crazy how addicting this is sometimes but there are just so many interesting people out there.

Take care, go out and enjoy the summer and the nigtless nights here in Scandinavia.


9. Posted by snatterand (Travel Guru 454 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I had a perfectly great midsummer, with loads of tasty "sill" and strawberries, far too much snaps, skinnydipping at midnight, mosquitos and loud music. Then we spent Midsommardagen (the day of the year when every Swede is hungover) eating loads of icecream and playing some soccer (watching some soccer too, but that was just painful).

I love the Swedish summer!!!!


10. Posted by SeeTheSky (Full Member 558 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

sounds fun i wanna try!