Midsummer; the period of time centered upon the summer solstice and mostly acknowledged in northern Europe, takes place on a day between June 19 and June 25. It's the longest day of the year "when one cycle ends and another begins.” The light reaches it’s longest commando of the day, and then the earth begins to turn again and out hemisphere will start getting darker again. So we celebrate.
Starting as a Christian celebration in the 1300, it has grown to one of our largest holidays of the year. Looking like something out of a fairytale, with girls in white dressed and flowers in their hair, most people venture out to the archipelago, where friends unite in the gardens of Red wooden houses to eat a feast of herring, potatoes, salmon, strawberries and a lot of snaps.
It’s a day for building Maypoles to dance around. It is a day for wearing flowers in your hair and walking around barefoot. It is a day for skinny dipping in freaking cold water and pretend it’s enjoyable. And for singing and playing games with your friends and family.
It’s also a night for staying up all night since the sun only leaves us for an hour. And when it’s time to go to sleep, usually sometime in the morning, young girls will pick 7 different types of flowers to put under their pillows since it’s said that doing so on the summer solstice make you dream of your future husband.
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