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Midsummer in Sweden

The days are getting longer and celebration of summer has begun all over Scandinavia. In Sweden the nights are hardly dark at all and in the north the sun never sets. The celebrations do not last long, beginning in May and ending in late June. Each part of Sweden wears their traditional costume with wreaths of fresh and vibrant flowers in their hair. Folks dance around a maypole with family and dear friends. Everything is closed for the actual weekend of midsummer around the 24th of June. A meal is shared of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, sour cream, raw red onion, salmon, and fresh strawberries with cream for dessert. It is celebrated to welcome summertime and the season of fertility. Whether you are in Sweden this summer or next, this is a festivity that you will not want to miss!

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