Saturday, June 22, 2013

Happy Midsummer

Or as we would say in swedish Glad Midsommar! 

Today was a very special day here in Sweden, midsummer, it's the longest day of the year and we celebrate it a lot. Except for me and all the other people who have been working all day.. Summer in Sweden is very short so this day is really special for us and we tend to celebrate as much as we can. 

If you follow tradition you are supposed to eat a fish based lunch (filled with  pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill), then dance around something that looks like big flower covered cross (a maypole) while wearing a flower wreath on your head. Then you usually have something grilled for dinner (like salmon or lamb) and then the typical desert is strawberries with whipped cream. Yummy. 

If you want the person that you are in love with to fall in love with you you are supposed to pick seven different kinds of flowers and sleep with them under your pillow on midsummer night, that is supposed to make them fall in love with you. My mother always used to do it when she was little. So cute!

Swedish teenagers just usually use this as another opportunity to get a little bit too drunk but throw in some tradition by wearing a flower wreath and maybe have a BBQ. 

I used to celebrate midsummer when I was little, a lot of the Swedish people in Luxembourg went to a park and put up a maypole and did everything almost like tradition. But when I got older I started to celebrate Grand duke's (Luxembourgs national day) which always ended up being on the same day for some reason. 

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