Government run site imagebank describes Midsummer as a tradition that has its ‘roots in pagan times, (and) is a celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, but it is also a celebration of life and love.’

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‘Despite such a simple reason to celebrate, it is also the tradition that people of other cultures have the hardest time to relate to or even begin to understand. It involves picking flowers, dreaming about your future love, wearing flower wreaths, and dancing like a frog around a phallic symbol.’

It continues: “A lot of traditions in Sweden are celebrated primarily in the countryside; at a family’s summer house or at relatives who live away from the bustling cities; and Midsummer takes the price, where literally everyone at least attempts an exodus from the cities.”

The Swedish countryside is breathtaking in the summer with yellow, white and purple flowers in full bloom around this time.


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