The magic of midsummer
Celebrating the miracle of light – after so many months of winter darkness – culminates in the biggest festival of all: midsummer.
This is a time of dancing around the maypole dressed in traditional costumes, accompanied by live fiddle music and song.
Although the tradition of dressing a pole in flowers and leaves came from Germany about 700 years ago, the idea of celebrating summer goes back much further than that. Summer is so short and sweet that it has to be enjoyed to the fullest!
As always, these traditions are about family, friends and food. Pickled herring (if you like that sort of thing), fresh new potatoes and, of course, strawberries: glowing red jewels that taste of sunshine.
Midsummer falls on the Friday just after the summer solstice – the longest day of the year. The white nights, or long summer evenings, are gloriously light – making sleeping difficult – and the sun is still blazing long into the night and then again in the very early morning.
10.30 at night… a pastel pink midsummer sky graces the silhouette of the old church across the lake.
I’ll sleep again come winter.. but right now, I have to enjoy the light!
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