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Friday Photo: Glad Midsommar!

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It’s Sweden’s official celebration of midsommar this weekend, which is of course leading to major withdrawal symptoms for me. Pickled herring, potatoes and plenty of Aquavit are key players in celebrating the return of the sun during this ultimate of traditions. And of course the never-setting sun. So it’s off to listen to Monica Zetterlund and dream of sitting around a table in the Swedish countryside singing “helan går.”

Written by Anna Brones

June 25, 2010 at 06:48

Glad Midsommar!!!

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Although it is beautiful in Portland today and I am attending a solstice party this evening (pictures to come I am sure), there’s still a little part of me that wants to be in Sweden for the festivities… Last year I was in Raneberg (see above photo), just a little north of Gothenburg, and although it rained, we donned our waterproof jackets and made flower garlands anyway…

A little excerpt on Swedish midsummer that I wrote over at Gadling:

“Midsummer is one of the year’s most important celebrations, comparable to New Years and Christmas. Communities will hold traditional Midsummer events which include dancing around a maypole and singing Swedish songs, one of which is called Små Grodorna (Little Frogs) and entails everyone to dance around like a frog while singing the following loosely translated lyrics: “Little frogs are funny to look at/ They don’t have ears or tails.” Who ever said the Swedes didn’t have a sense of humor? Because you’re celebrating the sun, the Swedish countryside is the place to enjoy Midsummer. Most Swedes will choose a country-side location and join their friends in a long night of eating, drinking and merriment.”

Whole article here.

Written by Anna Brones

June 20, 2008 at 12:03

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