Midsummer is a tradition in Sweden that takes place every year on a Friday between the 19th and the 25th of June. Festivities usually start at noon with a midsummer lunch consisting of pickled herring, fresh potato, chives and sour cream, accompanied by singing and often lots of schnapps. For dessert? Strawberries, of course. Swedes consider midsummer as one of the biggest occasions of the year and often it is considered a sort of summer kick-off when many people start their vacation. A typical midsummer day is spent in the countryside, outdoors in picturesque surroundings.
Part of the celebration revolves around raising of a large maypole decorated with flowers. The maypole is said to be an ancient, phallic fertility symbol of pre-Christian origin. Once raised, it becomes the centre of the party and people dance around it. Summer is the theme of this festivity and hand-made flower garlands in your hair is a must.
Midsummer events all over Skåne
Many Swedes escape the city to spend this holiday at their summer residences, but many choose to go to larger, communal festivities arranged all over Skåne. These events are golden opportunities to participate in the most typically Swedish occasion of the year.
Traditional folk attire and folk music is often revived on this day and the flowers and children in summery outfits give this celebration a beautiful fairy-tale vibe.
There are hundreds of small, local events with maypoles and dancing arranged all over Skåne, and larger celebrations in the castles and historic sites. Below we have handpicked a few of the most popular venues that are perfect for visiting Swedish midsummer.