Last week, Sweden celebrated its dearly beloved tradition 'Midsommar'. Wheather you are a Swede in the region Dalicarlia and wearing your traditional national gown, or if you are a Swede abroad somewhere: the tradiditon and celebration of Midsommar is a must.
In agrarian times, Midsummer celebrations in Sweden were held to welcome summertime and the season of fertility. It was not until the 1900s, however, that this became the most Swedish of all traditional festivities. Midsummer Eve is usually celebrated in the countryside with friends and your whole family gathering to eat, drink and dance together. A typical Midsummer menu features different kinds of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and chives, and for dessert the first strawberries of summer, with whipped cream.
PS. Some of you may have seen the movie "Midsommar" where a group of Americans travel to their Swedish friend Pelle to celebrate Midsommar. The film shows "how Swedes celebrate midsommar" with rituals, sacrifices and other events, we can assure you that the movie is very far from the real tradition. Read about it here ;-)