Saturday, June 21, 2008

Swedish Midsommar

After covering the turbulent, emotional roller coaster that was this past week in Swedish politics with the wiretap vote, I would like to take a break from it all and wish everyone a "glad midsommar!" (Swedish for Happy Midsummer!) Midsommar is the most celebrated, non-religious holiday of the year in Sweden. It's about spending the day with family and friends outside and celebrating the long hours of daylight on the summer solstice. Midsommar celebrations are held in every corner of Sweden. Many of the festivities include dancing around a flower covered maypole, majstång, and the drinking of snaps and indugling in a Swedish smorgasbord.

Below is an image of a majstång.
Glad midsommar!

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