Midsummer Memories

It’s a little late in the day to post about midsummer, but because we were in Öland at the time, and there’s been so many posts about that, I just haven’t got round to it yet.

This was our third midsummer in Sweden, and it’s a special time here…

In preparation we read this amazing book…

‘The Flowers’ Festival’ by Elsa Beskow is old fashioned, and while suitable for children of around 5 or 6 and up, it is the perfect story for midsummer. Amazingly detailed pictures , all the different flowers take on a different personality, having a party where the weeds are made to stay on the outsides – Lisa, a little human girl, discovers this world of flowers on a midsummer’s eve…

At midsummer in Sweden it’s important to prepare a ‘midsommar stång’…

 (Note the little girl on the right is wearing the traditional Swedish folk dress –though it’s now just as common that young girls dress in white, as Maya does, on the left…)

Then it’s time to raise the ‘stång’…

Where Swedish folk dancers do their stuff…

…. eventually joined by members of the public.

In Öland midsummer is attended by thousands of people, so they were well prepared…

…with a drawing station for the kids…

Where Maya drew the most appropriate picture…

At the end of the day, the tradition is for young girls to find seven different wild flowers and put them under their pillow – it is  said they will then dream of their future sweetheart….

…and so these are the flowers by Maya’s bedside, all ready to go under her pillow…

Did you dream of anyone this midsummer?

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