Midsummer is Sweden’s biggest festival. Midsummer literally means the middle day of summer i.e. the longest day of summer. Considering the dark and cold winters, the warm and long sunny day of Midsummer or Midsommar as the Swedish people call it, is very special to everyone. The temperatures go all the way up to 25 degrees and it is bright throughout the 24 hours of the day. The sun sets at around 11 pm and rises at 3:30am.
According to the Swedish tradition, people come together to do the traditional dance around the May pole. The dance steps represent various household activities such as grinding, and winnowing, as well as some of mimics some of the domestic and commonly found animals such as frogs and rabbit. However, this year due to restrictions put in place due to covid-19, we classmates decided to do a small picnic near the lake and try some traditional Swedish food eaten on this day.
In the evening we went to the Lappis beach and made a bonfire and tried the midsummer tradition of snaps. Snaps are shots of strong alcoholic beverage that are taken along with meal. However, today people have them at the end of the meal to celebrate and toast to various things. We made a toast to our graduation!! Finally we stayed up all night to enjoy the midnight sun and see the sunrise in the following few hours. Another midsummer tradition is to go take a dip into the water, since we were at the beach we tried that as well, to some extent at least (haha).
Midsummer is filled with Swedish traditions and I strongly recommend everyone staying in Sweden to experience this culture.