Swedish Midsommar Fest promises to be fun

LANDGROVE, Vt. – The Nordic Harmoni Chorus is proud to sponsor a Swedish Midsommar Fest at the Inn View Center for the Arts at the Landgrove Inn, Landgrove, Vt. Thursday, June 21, 2018. The activities start at 2 p.m.


Midsommar march led by Carl-Erik Westberg. Photo provided.

Come help make the traditional flower wreaths, decorate the maypole, and join in the parade. Bring any national flags on a pole, if you can. There will be music, dancing around the maypole, and singing by Nordic Harmoni. You can enjoy an assortment of Scandinavian appetizers and the Landgrove Inn will provide a cash bar. A free-will offering will help defray our music expenses. For more information, contact Carl-Erik and Marijke Westberg, 802-824-6578 or Vartland@comcast.net.

Midsommar (Midsummer) or the summer solstice is the occasion of much festivity in Sweden. On the morning of Midsommar, Swedes decorate their homes, cars, churches, and dancing pavilions with garlands of flowers and birch branches. The most typical activity to do during this holiday is raising a maypole, known in Sweden as “majstang” or “midsommarstang,” and dancing around it.

It is common to cover the maypole with flowers and other green plants. Midsommar is a period of celebrating together with your family and friends. Then, in the afternoon, they gather round the majstang. Practically every town and village, however small, has a maypole – a tall cross clad with leaves and flowers. The pole is raised in the mid-afternoon in the center of the village square or park. Once the pole is raised, the dance begins.

First in a ring around the pole, then later in the evening is a dance in a barn or on a jetty or outdoor pavilion. We hope you will be able to join us in the festivities. So let’s lighten up, and hold hands with the tiniest tots as we dance around the majstang, rejoice in nature, food, and abundant sunlight (hopefully). If you’re a Swede – even if only for a day – it’s time to celebrate. For more information, go to www.sweden.se/culture-traditions/midsummer.

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