Saturday, June 26, 2010

Midsommar Fest

Yesterday we had, as best we could, a traditional Midsommar Fest, or mid summer party in English. We had Håkan, Tindra and Eva-Lotta visiting from Sweden and we also had Kaisa and her two girls who are also Swedish. Having lived in Sweden for 5 years we know how important this party is for Swedish people so we tried to accommodate.  We had several very enjoyable such events when we lived there. See the last picture below taken at one such party we hosted on our balcony.

Traditionally celebrated on the last Friday of June, events include raising and dancing around a huge maypole with flowers covering the entire pole. We didn’t do this.  We did try to have all the traditional foods however, the year's first potatoes, various pickled herring, cured salmon, chives and sour cream, beer, strawberries and cream. Traditionally the event is strongly coupled with drinking snaps and singing songs but we also skipped this activity this year. Shown below are a few pictures from our day. 

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