Swedes like the world to be well-ordered, so Midsummer Eve is always a Friday between 19 and 25 June.People often begin the day by picking flowers and making wreaths to place on the maypole, which is a key component in the celebrations.
At Midsummer, many begin their five-week annual holidays and everyone is in a hurry to get things done during the relatively short summer season.
Midsummer Eve is celebrated in the countryside − as always − and on the day before, everyone leaves town, everything closes and the city streets are suddenly spookily deserted.
Midsummer is an occasion of large gatherings − and to be honest, many Swedes take advantage of it to fulfil their social obligations so that they can enjoy the rest of their holiday in peace.
In many cases, whole families gather to celebrate this traditional high-point of the summer.
Midsummer was primarily an occasion for young people, but it was also celebrated in the industrial communities of central Sweden, where all mill employees were given a feast of pickled herring, beer and schnapps.
It was not until the 1900s, however, that this became the most Swedish of all traditional festivities.
A typical Midsummer menu features different kinds of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and chives.
This is often followed by a grilled dish of some kind, such as spare rib or salmon, and for dessert the first strawberries of summer, with cream.
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