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A Beginner's Guide To Swedish Midsommar
Pickled herring, drinking songs, a pole covered in flowers, boiled potatoes, dancing like frogs. Yes, that's Swedish Midsommar (otherwise known as "Midsummer" in English).
Thanks to Swedish roots around the world and a general love of Scandinavian culture, the popular Swedish holiday - the sun was gone all winter, you would want to celebrate the longest day of the year too - is well known outside of the Nordic lands.
Not well versed on this Swedish celebration? First off, get the basics from this video by the Sweden.se:
Now, let's get to the important part: celebrating. How are you going to get a Midsummer celebration going if you're not in Sweden? Easy. Follow these simple steps.
Round up a few friends that like to eat and drink.
This will probably be your easiest task.
Find a long table.
Midsummer dinner tends to be served as a sit down meal complete with a nice tablecloth, napkins and real silverware. This is not your average American BBQ.
Make a midsummer pole.
If you don't have the manpower to hoist up a long one, construct a smaller makeshift one.
Dance around said midsummer pole.
Dancing is a precursor to eating.
Track down some pickled herring.
It's not Swedish Midsummer without it.
Again, you can't call it Swedish Midsummer if you don't have the classic drink.
Make a dessert that involves fresh berries.
Preferably strawberries and ideally in cake format.
Eat and drink late into the night/early morning.
The sun isn't really going to ever set after all.
A few Swedish inspired Midsummer recipes to get you started:
Gin + Aquavit Cocktail
New Potatoes with Dill Butter
Pickled Mustard Herring