Midsummer joy

Midsummer’s Eve is the second most important

Celebration in Sweden after Christmas.

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It’s a time for dancing

Around the midsummer maypole

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With flowers in your hair

No matter whether you are male, female or child.

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The folk dancers

Wear their traditional costumes —

(They start them off young…)

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As do the musicians:

It’s hard work though!

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And everyone has fun

No matter colour, age or belief system.

And that’s what is important in the world:

Love and tolerance.

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76 thoughts on “Midsummer joy

  1. Ah—how special is that!!!!! I love it… Wish our country could celebrate something like this NOW… We need tolerance and love and respect here SO much now…

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. We were in Malmo Sweden for Midsummer’s Eve about 7 years ago! We were at a conference in Copenhagen and went to a dinner party in Malmo. We didn’t get to participate in the festivities, but they had a Midsummer’s Eve Maypole Dance performance for us! It was quite fun!

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  3. Hello, what a wonderful celebration and tradition. I love seeing all the people young and old having fun, lovely collection of photos. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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  4. “And that’s what is important in the world:

    Love and tolerance.”

    Fiona, what a wonderful tradition! Absolutely LOVE these candid photographs because you can literally see and feel the excitement, joy and love on everyone’s faces 🙂

    I also love how colorful everything is!

    Thanks so much for sharing, m friend! Have a lovely week!

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  5. such a fun event! I know from my Finnish colleague that Midsummer’s Eve is very important there as well (unlike in the south of the continent where we don’t celebrate it at all). great shots!

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  6. I love maypole dancing, and it saddens me that, in my country, children do it at school … and that’s the end of it. We dont have these beautiful, joyful seasonal festivities the way so many European countries do. It’s a real shame.

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  7. Happy times…we all need a bit more of that. Some days I don’t even recognize my world anymore.

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  8. Love and tolerance – wish we had more of that in the US. 🙂 What a nice celebration – so lovely. Especially the little guy with flowers in his hair. Love that.

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  9. In the Netherlands we know this party is not all, there are now more and more people’s ‘Midsummer Night’ to celebrate 🙂
    Beautiful photo series

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