How do you feel about dancing around a tall pole decorated with a wreath in celebration of the solstice? Swedes love this holiday as it connects family and friends outside for some good picnic food and traditional songs. If you want to get to know Sweden from its most hearty side, this is your perfect chance!
In fact, Midsummer in Sweden is the second most important feast after Christmas, celebrated by every Swedish man, woman, and child. If you want to do it like a local, you have to get invited by one. Especially for the festivities, townspeople leave their homes and escape to the countryside.
The first thing you'll learn is making your own Krans which is a wreath headband made with summer flowers and birch branches. At night Swedish girls put their headbands under the pillow to dream about a future lover. The second festive element you have to be aware of is traditional frog dance performed around the maypole mainly by kids and adults, while teens abstain from such entertainment in favour for more riotous night time fun. Don't be surprised if someone drags you into the dance, as it might happen to any casual bystander. Afterwards, get ready for the fish —pickled herring must be the main dish at the festive table along with boiled new potatoes. At last, make sure to take a midnight swim for an authentic Midsummer experience.
Originally the celebration fell on June 24th. Nowadays, the date varies between June 19th and 25th.