Swedes like drinking songs, and the racier the better.Midsummer is an occasion invested with a certain nostalgia.Preferably on an outdoor dance floor beside a lake as the evening mist settles and the sound of the orchestra echoes back from the rocky hills on the opposite shore.On their way home, girls and young women are supposed to pick seven different species of flowers and lay them under their pillows.A typical Midsummer menu features different kinds of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and chives.
Like Whitsun, Midsummer is a popular time of year for weddings and christening ceremonies.
The maypole is raised in an open spot and traditional ring-dances ensue, to the delight of the children and some of the adults.
Teenagers tend to stay out of it and wait for the evening’s more riotous entertainment.
Midsummer is an occasion of large gatherings − and to be honest, many Swedes take advantage of it to fulfil their social obligations so that they can enjoy the rest of their holiday in peace.
In many cases, whole families gather to celebrate this traditional high-point of the summer.Young people also liked to visit holy springs, where they drank the healing water and amused themselves with games and dancing.