Midsummer, the time when Swedes, regardless of the weather, want to be outdoors, meet others and greet the arrival of summer.
The changing of the season is closely associated with Swedish customs. We celebrate summer with an intensity that can only be found in people who have just endured a long, dark winter. But then, Midsummer is an occasion with pagan roots.
The celebration of midsummer is an ancient custom, The longest day of the year was, in pagan time, a very important feast. The old belief is that if you pick 9 different flowers, during silence, at a crossroad and placed the flowers under your pillow, you would dream of your future spouse.
Today, the most important ways to celebrate are dancing around the midsummer pole, having traditional pickled herring and with a BBQ. The midsummer pole was once a symbol of fruitfulness.