Monday, June 21, 2010

Glad Midsommar!

Having Scandinavian roots, I love the celebration of Midsommer. In Scandinavia, it's one of the most popular holidays, right up there with Christmas.  You can learn more about the celebration here, here, and here.

In Sweden, houses are decorated inside and out with wreaths and flower garlands. Then they dance around the decorated midsummer pole while listening to traditional folk songs.

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The celebration of Midsummer  also includes bonfires, and divining the future, especially one's future spouse. On Midsummer Eve, young girls pick seven types of flower to place under their pillows when they go to sleep in the belief that they will dream of their future love. 

If you live in the Portland area, check out Saturday's Midsummer Festival at the German American Cultural Center. There's something for everyone in the family -  food, crafts, music, Viking reenactments, and dancing around the Maypole. We went last year and had a wonderful time.


Glad Midsommar!

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