Glad midsommar! – Glad Sankt Hans! – Hyvää Juhannusta! – Happy Midsummer!

Bluebells still wet after the nights rain and thunder.

Bluebells still wet after the nights rain and thunder.

Today is Midsummer Eve in Sweden and it seems like it is going to be a sunny midsummer this year although yesterday there was thunder and a pouring rain.

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Midsummer is the longest day of the year and is celebrated by raising maypoles dressed with leaves and flowers. Nowadays it is of course celebrated on the nearest friday in the week as the 21rd of June that is the midsummer eve was on tuesday when the sun set att ten o´clock and dawn was at half past four in the morning, that is night lasted six and a half hour. Tomorrow will be midsummer day and everybody will be resting after eating, drinking and dancing around the maypole singing about “Little frogs”.

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The midsummer day is connected to Johannes Döparen / John the Baptist and in Denmark and Norway Sankt Hans’ Day is celebrated. In Finland it is called Johannus.

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Please enjoy my midsummer bouquet! One was supposed to pick seven or nine flowers during silence in the meadows and put them under the pillow, then you would dream of the one you would marry. My flowers comes from my garden and all pictures are photographed today. I am sharing this post with Today’s flowers

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Glad midsommar! Glad Sankt Hans! Hyvää Juhannusta! Happy Midsummer!

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If you want to see a guide to Swedish midsummer you can have a look at the video below:

Swedish Midsummer for Dummies from Sweden on Vimeo.