Day 174 of 365

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Day 174 of my "365 Days" project. Midsummer mini-maypole.

In modern Sweden, Midsummer's Eve and Midsummer's Day (Midsommarafton and Midsommardagen in Swedish) were formerly celebrated on June 23rd and June 24th, but since 1953 the celebration has been moved to Friday and Saturday between June 19th and June 26th with the main celebration taking place on Friday. It is one of the most important holidays of the year in Sweden, second only to Christmas (Jul).

Raising and dancing around a maypole (majstång or midsommarstång in Swedish) is an activity that attracts families and many others. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dancing around pole listen to traditional music and sing songs such as Små grodorna (The Little Frogs) associated with the holiday. Some people wear traditional folk costumes or crowns made of wild springs and wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes, soused herring, chives, sour cream, beer, snaps and the first strawberries of the season are on the menu. Drinking songs (snapvisor) are also important at this fest, and many drink heavily.

Source: Wikipedia

Three minutes video: Swedish Midsummer for Dummies. Very funny.

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