Monday, June 26, 2006

Midsummer

On Friday we went to Magnus' summer house (below) in Hunnebostrand on the West Coast to celebrate Midsummer. Midsummer is a celebration of the longest day of the year and is probably Sweden's biggest festival. It is celebrated on the weekend closest to the Summer Solstice on the 24th June.

Magnus' summerhouse was built by his great-grandfather and it is the 3rd time we have celebrated Midsummer there.





It is traditional at Midsummer to dance around a Midsummer pole decorated with greenery and flowers. We didn't have a Midsummer pole to dance around so instead I followed the other tradition and made a Midsummer crown...




After lazing around in the sunshine we ate a traditional Midsummer meal of pickled herring, prawns, fresh potatoes and dill, meatballs, beetroot salad, cheese, bread and strawberries, washed down with some disgusting Swedish schnapps while we sang drinking songs!





After dinner we went across the road to the local football ground and played a few games of football - luckily each of the countries represented (England, Sweden, Australia and Italy) had made it through to the second round of the World Cup, so there weren't too many arguements!




Below: Lilly, Marina, Andreas and Stretchie

Below: Ken, David and Charles

Below: Charles, Daniel, David and Magnus



The photo below was taken at about midnight - it never really gets dark in Sweden during the summer and Midsummer is the lightest day of the year.




Having a sing-song in the evening!



The following morning in preperation for the Sweden/Germany game, Andreas shaved 'SWE' into the back of Charles' hair! It seemed like a good idea until Sweden lost 2-0 later in the afternoon and were knocked out of the World Cup!



To see more Midsummer photos click here

9 Comments:

At 2:31 PM, Blogger kimananda said...

The midsummer fest looks like great fun...sadly, I've been in Denmark for 3 Skt Hans Aftens (the Danish version of midsummer...not as big a deal as midsummer, though...for example, people still have to work), and haven't celebrated it once. This post makes me realize that I should try and do something next year.

And my condolences to Sweden...lots of Danes were rooting for Sweden as well, and it was sad that they lost.

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Your photos shows you really had a great time. And BTW, you look beautiful with the crown on.

 
At 4:33 PM, Blogger verniciousknids said...

That looks like so much fun...I love the idea of light at night time...though I guess the reality can sometimes be a pain in the behind!

Commiserations on Sweden...but well done England.

 
At 4:15 AM, Blogger DayByDay4-2Day said...

WE don't celebrate any special way. But the 4th of july is coming. Independance day. So people are shooting off fireworks lately.

 
At 4:51 AM, Blogger Connie and Rob said...

You look beautiful in your crown!

Hugs,
Connie

 
At 10:28 PM, Anonymous Laura said...

Hey Heli,
I love the photos, it looks like lots of fun. The one of the head shaving is hilarious, I don't suppose he was very happy when England won!
I'm glad you're both loving Sweden so much, I can't wait to come out for another visit.
Lots of love, your little sis xx

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Baby Angel said...

u look sooo pretty!!!

 
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