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No Midsummer celebration is complete without Små grodorna, a dancing game in which people of all ages hop around the pole while singing about little frogs. Midsummer was considered to be a time of magic, and anything to do with nature was thought to have a special power.
Gathering flowers to weave into wreaths and crowns was a way to harness nature’s magic to ensure good health throughout the year.
I have also come across a very particular Finnish tradition concerning Midsummer Eve.
But before I tell you about it, I maybe need to explain what a “will o’ the wisp” is, otherwise you won’t understand what this tradition is about!
Traditionally, bunches made of fennel, ferns, rosemary, dog rose, verbena, St.
John’s wort and elder flowers picked on Midsummer Eve were hung in doorways to protect the house.
Even though most people these days probably are unaware of the magical origins of the tradition, weaving crowns of flowers is still a major part of any Midsummer observance.
The magic of Midsummer also extends to the realm of romance.
By establishing December 25 conveniently close to the winter solstice as the date when Jesus was born, the Church was able to absorb the pagan midwinter festival of Yule into the Christian celebration of Christmas. John the Baptist was born six months before Jesus, meaning that his birthday could be equally conveniently associated with pagan summer festivals.
Midsummer is a time associated with magic and fairies.
It is said that the little folk (the elves and fairies) can be easily seen on Midsummer’s Eve because this is one of the days when the veil between the two worlds is thin and can be easily trespassed.
The tradition of dancing around the Midsummer pole is an old one, though of course the dances have changed over the centuries.
Today organized Swedish Midsummer festivals typically include exhibitions of folk dancing in traditional costumes, as well as ring dances and games for people of all ages to join in.