I have been away celebrating Midsummer this weekend, oh and most importantly bf's 30th birthday, congrats cutie!
Since I did this thing for Easter I will make a post about Midsummer too. First there is Midsummer Eve (on a Friday) everything closed and it's a holiday. And then Midsummer Day on Saturday and the day after on Sunday.
We always put up small birch trees by the door (I had to choose this pic, look at it, freaky.) This to welcome people.
Many people have a summer home or know someone so they go out to the archipelago or a lake to celebrate there.
You eat, drink and have fun. One thing that is common to eat is the year's first potatoes.
This goes on for a while cos this is Midsummer, it is light outside all night here.
There are many traditions with love, and finding love. One is to go out at night, and pick 7 different flowers, speak to no one and put those flowers under your pillow. And that night you will dream about the man you are meant to be with. Depending on where you live there are different ways to do it, climb 7 fences too, pick 9 flowers, pick 5, put 7 stones in a ring etc.
Midsummer fires are popular, but that is more a Finnish thing. Just as the Maypole thing is a Swedish thing so we are caught in the middle, and here we had neither.
Truth be told this is the real Midsummer ;)
In Theory In reality, lol