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Midsummer Eve, a Swedish tradition
1) Midsummer food
The classic midsummer menu usually includes different types of pickled herring, crispbread and fresh butter, new potatoes and, of course, fresh strawberries and whipped cream. Swedish snaps (or aquavit) is often drunk as an accompaniment to the food, and traditional drinking songs such as “Helan går” are sung at the table.
2) Midsummer maypole
This is probably the largest, most evident and most important element in Swedish midsummer celebrations. The maypole, a tall pole with a crosspiece near the top, is decorated with flowers and greenery. Young and old join hands to dance around the maypole and sing medleys of traditional songs.
3) Midsummer wreaths
Wearing a midsummer floral wreath in your hair is a popular tradition in Sweden among both children and adults on Midsummer Eve. The flowers should ideally be freshly picked wild flowers, which are numerous in the Swedish countryside at this time of year. Some people save their wreath for a while after Midsummer as a decoration.
4) 7 sorts of flowers
If you want to know who you will marry, then this piece of Swedish folklore may be something for you. According to tradition, you should pick seven or nine different sorts of flowers on Midsummer Night and place them under your pillow in bed. Then, when you go so sleep, you will dream of the husband or wife that fate has in store for you.