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 responses

  1. indeed a joy!

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    June 27, 2016 at 15:22

  2. Americans need this right now – love, tolerance and flowers in the hair. Thanks for sharing the joy here.

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    June 27, 2016 at 15:52

  3. Oooh… It’s been 3 years since I’ve last celebrated midsommar in sweden and every time I miss it even more!!!

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    June 27, 2016 at 15:55

  4. you’ve outdone yourself here .. what absolutely fabulous faces!

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    June 27, 2016 at 16:05

  5. Sounds really wonderful and the true festival always lie in sharing and expressing/exploring happiness. Beautiful photos

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    June 27, 2016 at 16:13

  6. 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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    June 27, 2016 at 16:51

  7. Sounds like the perfect time for a visit to the area. Lovely photos, make you smile.

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    June 27, 2016 at 16:55

  8. Here’s to love and tolerance and flower power to all young men!
    Wren x

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    June 27, 2016 at 17:04

  9. Fabulous dresses, flowers everywhere, brilliant Fi.

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    June 27, 2016 at 17:05

  10. 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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    June 27, 2016 at 17:29

  11. jMo

    Lovely and warm people shots. Your photos remind me of Syttende Mai (which I missed this year ):)

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    June 27, 2016 at 17:43

  12. Wonderful to see and observe the joy, pasion for life, celebrating Summer!! Beautiful traditions! 🙂 Have a lovely Summertime!

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    June 27, 2016 at 18:03

  13. 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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    June 27, 2016 at 18:20

  14. Bill Dodd

    Now I’ve got that tune running though my mind! Hugo Alfven’s Midsommarvaka… Lovely shots.

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    June 27, 2016 at 18:40

  15. That looks like a wonderful celebration!! I didn’t know about it. What fun for all!! 🙂

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    June 27, 2016 at 19:00

  16. You captured our midsummer celebration so well 🙂

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    June 27, 2016 at 19:27

  17. The beautiful Swedish holiday.
    Great pictures, Fiona.
    Kisses and greetings from Polish.

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    June 27, 2016 at 19:44

  18. I loved every minute of this celebration!!! You made me feel as if I were partaking in all the fun.

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    June 27, 2016 at 20:07

  19. those rose thorns must hurt

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    June 27, 2016 at 20:14

  20. How nice to see your photos !

    Happy midtsommer !

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    June 27, 2016 at 20:15

  21. Wonderful images of the midsommar celebration!

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    June 27, 2016 at 21:12

  22. Happy times! Thank you for sharing Fiona

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    June 27, 2016 at 22:18

  23. thanks for sharing this special time, so joyous!

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    June 27, 2016 at 23:59

  24. How absolutely lovely. And yes to the world’s need for love and tolerance.

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    June 28, 2016 at 00:02

  25. Few celebrate winter’s solstice or summer solstice here in Australia – but then I guess our climate is far less extreme and summer solstice falls just before Christmas.

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    June 28, 2016 at 00:35

  26. What a wonderful celebration to be a part of!

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    June 28, 2016 at 01:16

  27. Ron

    “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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    June 28, 2016 at 01:38

  28. Anonymous

    It looks like a great celebration. It passes without notice in my part of the world.

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    June 28, 2016 at 01:48

  29. Lovely tradition. And my favorite time of year – a great reason to celebrate!

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    June 28, 2016 at 04:02

  30. Jättefina bilder på ett midsommarfirande..
    Kram!!

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    June 28, 2016 at 05:54

  31. Your words are as wonderful as your images of this great custom

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    June 28, 2016 at 06:10

  32. 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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    June 28, 2016 at 06:43

  33. Looks like my kind of party! Beautiful character studies — everyone looks so happy.

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    June 28, 2016 at 07:17

  34. A great colorful festival and it looks like everyone is having fun. Your cup with the wrens on it is lovely!

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    June 28, 2016 at 07:39

  35. Hi! It’s a nice festival! Many people look happy. Thanks for sharing.

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    June 28, 2016 at 07:42

  36. sono bellissime queste vostre tradizioni inneggianti alla primavera come rinnovo della vita! splendide le tue foto , con dei volti così caratteristici!

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    June 28, 2016 at 07:53

  37. It looks like lots of fun. Tolerance is so needed these days. xx

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    June 28, 2016 at 08:01

  38. Lovely candid captures!

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    June 28, 2016 at 08:17

  39. Beautiful photos.

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    June 28, 2016 at 10:47

  40. Looks indeed like fun. Nice shots.

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    June 28, 2016 at 10:57

  41. What a wonderful day it must have been!

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    June 28, 2016 at 11:33

  42. You are a very worthy winner indeed, glad you have had time to enjoy a cuppa in your new mug! Thanks for the post.
    Jenny Wren x

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    June 28, 2016 at 11:58

  43. One feels almost like being there 🙂

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    June 28, 2016 at 12:32

  44. Love & tolerance. ❤

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    June 28, 2016 at 13:24

  45. I’d love to go to one of these festivals! It looks like there is a lot of fun to be had!

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    June 28, 2016 at 13:55

  46. Beautiful….everyone looks so happy…..thank you for sharing this!

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    June 28, 2016 at 13:56

  47. In some ways I envy SWEDEN the way you celebrate and make a big event…. more than we do here in Norway 🙂

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    June 28, 2016 at 14:57

  48. Nice they still celebrate the old traditions and kkeep them alive.

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    June 28, 2016 at 16:14

  49. Beautiful decorations.

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    June 28, 2016 at 16:24

  50. Looks like a fun event. If everyone had love and tolerance what a beautiful world we would live in.

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    June 28, 2016 at 16:49

  51. Rahul

    Lovely expression of joy

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    June 28, 2016 at 18:03

  52. How cool!

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    June 28, 2016 at 19:39

  53. Gorgeous photos of Midsummer Night celebrations ~ so festive and delightful!

    Happy Day, Week and Happy 4th of July to the USA ~ ^_^

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    June 28, 2016 at 19:42

  54. I love the Scandinavian traditions. Thanks for sharing!
    Wil, ABCWTeam

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    June 28, 2016 at 21:00

  55. Pat

    Beautiful local festivity and beautiful portraits

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    June 28, 2016 at 21:43

  56. 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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    June 29, 2016 at 00:18

  57. Coloring Outside the Lines

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

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    June 29, 2016 at 02:09

  58. Ruth

    Gorgeous! Would love to attend one of these celebrations.

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    June 29, 2016 at 03:18

  59. How colorful and it looks like lots of fun!

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    June 29, 2016 at 06:58

  60. What a nice tradition ! beautiful pictures ! Unfortunately here in Belgium we are still waiting for summer !

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    June 29, 2016 at 11:22

  61. j’aime la coiffe de la dernière et aussi la quatrième photo avec ce bébé

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    June 29, 2016 at 15:20

  62. Love to see these happy faces. My paternal great grandfather was Swedish.

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    June 29, 2016 at 15:29

  63. great festivities 🙂 We had bad weather up here so for the first time in years I did not go. Nice shots.

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    June 29, 2016 at 18:59

  64. I like that even the boys wear flowers. What a fun ritual. Thanks for sharing your captures.

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    June 29, 2016 at 20:11

  65. wonderful photos. thank you for sharing them.

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    June 30, 2016 at 00:03

  66. If only all those in the world would smile like this…:)JP

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    June 30, 2016 at 00:38

  67. How fun! I did not know how big of a celebration it was. I would love to see it in person some day.
    Carla

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    June 30, 2016 at 03:01

  68. Lynn

    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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    June 30, 2016 at 12:09

  69. pat

    fantastic way to celebrate – so festive!

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    June 30, 2016 at 14:59

  70. beautiful faces 🙂

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    July 1, 2016 at 06:16

  71. 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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    July 1, 2016 at 18:53

  72. midsummer must be a beautiful party!

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    July 2, 2016 at 06:16

  73. Beautiful series and info, very nice portrait photos

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    July 3, 2016 at 17:53

  74. A good time, kisses.

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    July 7, 2016 at 22:32

  75. Incredible wedding pictures , very traditional. Loved all the pictures ❤

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    July 8, 2016 at 17:47

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