Midsummer week

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Sunny afternoon on Tuesday by Sagavallen, the small football ground in Borås, Sweden.

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.

Wednesday morning on Allégatan in Borås. In the roundabout a statue of Pinochio is marching into Borås. The statue is named
Wednesday morning on Allégatan in Borås. In the roundabout a statue of Pinochio is marching into Borås. The statue is named “Walking to Borås” by Jim Dine.
Rain by Gustav Adolf church in Borås. Photo taken from the entrance to the library building.
Rain by Gustav Adolf church in Borås on Wednesday evening. Photo taken from the entrance to the library building.
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Borås is a fabulous town for statues. Here is a wet statue in Borås, Sweden. This dog like creature is named “Fauna” By Tilda Lovell.
Pouring rain streaming on the ground.
Pouring rain streaming on the ground.

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.

Overcast mixed with sun on midsummer eve!
Overcast mixed with sun on midsummer eve!
Beuatiful weather on Stora Brogatan just after the bridge.
Beuatiful weather on Stora Brogatan just after the bridge on midsummer day.
Threathening skies but they don´t seem to make the threat real, as yet.
Still midsummer day and threathening skies have appeared but they don´t seem to make the threat real, as yet.

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.

More pictures on Our World Tuesday and on Skywatch.

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