Monday, July 12, 2010

FAMILY Part 5!!!! Midsummer...(Pic)

We added a little family heritage to grandpas birthday and we celebrated midsummer at the same time...oh by the way we are Swedish...
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MIDSUMMER (Swedish Holiday)
In modern Sweden, Midsummer's Eve and Midsummer's Day (Midsommarafton and Midsommardagen) were formerly celebrated on 23 June and 24 June, but since 1953 the celebration has been moved to the Friday and Saturday between 19 June and 26 June. It is one of the most important holidays of the year in Sweden, and probably the most uniquely Swedish in the way it is celebrated. The main celebrations take place on the Friday, and the traditional events include raising and dancing around a huge maypole. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole.

Raising and dancing around a maypole (majstång or midsommarstång) is an activity that attracts families and many others. People dancing around the pole listen to traditional music and some even wear traditional folk costumes. In addition, many wear crowns made of wild springs and wildflowers on their heads.
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Here are some pictures of the celebrations...
-My cousin Megan came up with the idea of celebrating Midsummer...here she is working on the maypole...


Maypole...it was a bit warm out and the leaves weren't doing too well...


Cousin Megan and her niece Ingrid...


My grandparents enjoying the festivities...


My grandpa trying to act romantic...he couldn't find a rose...
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MORE Midsummer Pics to Come...
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Until Next Time...BYE

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