Midsummereve dating

16-Dec-2017 03:03

In the British Isles, Midsummer Eve, the evening before the Christian Feast of St John the Baptist, was celebrated on 24th of June.

Old Midsummer's Eve fell on a later date (one which Americans will certainly recognize), after the calendar change of 1752.

Bonfires are part of the celebration, as are mock weddings, meant to symbolize new life and the new season.Like in every major Scandinavian tradition, celebrating with others goes hand in hand with good holiday food.Traditional food for Midsummer in Scandinavia are potatoes with herring or smoked fish, fresh fruit, and probably some schnapps and beer for the adults.Swedes then dance around the decorated midsummer pole while listening to traditional folk songs known to all.In Sweden, as in many other countries, the magic of Midsummer includes bonfires (which reminds of Swedish Walpurgis Night traditions), and divining the future, especially the identity of one's future spouse.

Bonfires are part of the celebration, as are mock weddings, meant to symbolize new life and the new season.

Like in every major Scandinavian tradition, celebrating with others goes hand in hand with good holiday food.

Traditional food for Midsummer in Scandinavia are potatoes with herring or smoked fish, fresh fruit, and probably some schnapps and beer for the adults.

Swedes then dance around the decorated midsummer pole while listening to traditional folk songs known to all.

In Sweden, as in many other countries, the magic of Midsummer includes bonfires (which reminds of Swedish Walpurgis Night traditions), and divining the future, especially the identity of one's future spouse.

The Scandinavian Midsummer traditions stem from pagan times, showing the defeat of darkness to the powers of the sun god.