lördag 25 juni 2011

Midsummer celebrations..

.. in the beautiful Stockholm archipelago.
Midsummer is big in Sweden. Most people try to get out of the cities and find a place in the countryside to dance traditional folkdanses around the Maypole, eat pickled herring and drink quite a lot of schnaps. And singing a lot of songs. (The longer into the night the dirtier!)
This Maypole was raised at Lökholmen, a small island neighbouring Sandhamn and the archipelago centre of the
The Royal Swedish Yacht Club

We had splendid midsummer weather, high spirits , good food and sweet strawberries and beautiful yachts decorated for the occation!
Midsummer is Scandinavia's most popular festival
right along with Christmas. A traditional celebration of the Summer solstice.
Midsummer is the longest day of the year
. In Sweden, Midsummer is even celebrated as a national holiday . Most Midsummer's Eve celebrations take place on the Saturday between June 20 and June 26.