This week has been a mix of sunny and rainy weather and the week ends in a holiday called midsummer. Midsummer Eve was yesterday and was a rather cold midsummer with a mix of sunshine and overcast. The media reports indicate it has been a calm midsummer with no excessive feastings that has needed extraordinary help from the police, probably due to the cold weather.
Midsummer eve 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 is on sunday. Today when I write this post it is Saturday and thus it is the midsummer day and everybody will be resting after eating, drinking and dancing around the maypole singing about “Little frogs”.
The lttle frogs, little frogs are funny to see. The little frogs, little frogs are funny to see. No ears, no ears, no tails do they have. No ears, no ears, no tails do they have. Kou oh-oh-oh, oh-oh-kou oh, kou ack ack ack ack ack ack ack kaa. Kou, kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack ack kaa.
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.
If you want to see my traditional my midsummer bouquet please have a look at my other blog for my midsummer bouquet 2015! 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.
At the bottom of page I have inserted a Youtube film named Midsummer for dummies. Please watch if you want to get an idea about Swedish midsummer. But please don´t believe all popular beliefs about the origins of midsummer and the midsummer pole and the songs. Some of these customs and their explanations probably were invented in the 1900th century in Victorian times.