I took this image during mid summer here in Sweden. It is an event where people were celebrating " the brightest day of the year" and up north in Sweden the sun never goes down. Part of their tradition is a midsummer dance where people dance around a big pole which is covered with oak, leaves and swedish summer flowers. Virtually every part of Sweden has its own folk costume. But they rarely worn it except at Midsummer.
A typical Midsummer menu features different kinds of pickled herring, boiled new potatoes with fresh dill, soured cream and raw red onion. This is often followed by a grilled dish of some kind, such as spare rib or salmon, and for dessert the first strawberries of summer, with cream.
The traditional accompaniment is a cold beer and schnapps, preferably spiced. Every time the glasses are refilled, singing breaks out anew. Swedes like drinkingsongs, and the racier the better.
Midsummer is an occasion invested with a certain nostalgia. It’s really stunning to exprience one of their traditions. Mid summer is one of the best event of the year. I, as an asian can feel a big embrace of welcoming the summer .