Midsummer Eve in Sweden in 2019

Midsummer Eve in Sweden in 2019
  How long until Midsummer Eve?
This holiday next takes place tomorrow.
  Dates of Midsummer Eve in Sweden
2021Jun 25, Jun 26
SwedenSat, Jun 26National Holiday
SwedenFri, Jun 25National Holiday
2020Jun 19, Jun 20
SwedenSat, Jun 20National Holiday
SwedenFri, Jun 19National Holiday
2019Jun 21, Jun 22
SwedenSat, Jun 22National Holiday
SwedenFri, Jun 21National Holiday
2018Jun 22, Jun 23
SwedenSat, Jun 23National Holiday
SwedenFri, Jun 22National Holiday
2017Jun 23, Jun 24
SwedenSat, Jun 24National Holiday
SwedenFri, Jun 23National Holiday
  Summary
The Friday during the period 19 - 25 June
  Local name
Midsommarafton
Related holidays

When is Midsummer's Day?

This Swedish public holiday (Midsommardagen) is celebrated each year on the Saturday falling between June 20th - 26th. The actual date of Midsummer's day and the Summer Solstice may vary between the June 20th - 21st.

It has become one of the most important holidays in Sweden. Festivities start on the Friday before - Midsummer's Eve (Midsommarafton).

Traditions of Midsummer's Day

Similar to New Year's celebration, the main celebrations take place on the eve of the day. Traditional events include raising and dancing around a huge maypole. Many people will wear traditional folk costumes and listen to traditional music. It is also a holiday on which the Swedish will consume a large amount of alcohol and raucous drinking songs are a common sound during the celebrations.

Midsummer was considered to be one of the key times in the year when the power of magic was strongest and at it was thought to be a good time to perform rituals, particularly those which related to predicting the future. A tradition of this is one in which young people pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse.

Did you know?

The word Solstice comes from the Latin ‘solstitium’ meaning ‘Sun stands still’ because the movement of the Sun’s path north or south appears to stop before changing direction

Even though the major fertility rites in ancient times, centre around the beginning of spring, Midsummer was linked to an ancient fertility festival, as conception at this time would lead to a birth in March, which was traditionally seen as a good time for children to be born.

St. John's Day

In Christianity, Midsummer Day is associated with the nativity of John the Baptist, which is observed on the same day, June 24th, in the Catholic, Orthodox and some Protestant churches.

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