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Swedes celebrate the longest day of the year with a gusto by making wreaths, wearing them upon their heads, and erecting a maypole with a wreath. Midsummer is celebrated on Midsummer Eve, which always occurs on a Friday between June 19 and June 25.

Midsummer in Sweden.
Erecting the Midsummer maypole.

We were some of the few sporting wreaths on our heads.

The Swedish midsummer maypole.
The Midsummer maypole erected.

I wonder after seeing the number of naked heads at the Midsummer celebration if falling out of tradition is in vogue. Nonetheless, we celebrated Midsummer in a traditional way.

The Swedish midsummer wreath.
My first midsummer in Sweden.

The day celebrations are reserved for families with children. During the evening of the longest day of the year the young adults tend to party while the light lasts, which in Skellefteå means light 24/7. The sun sets, but never enough for it to get dark. Be prepared to get Swedish drunk during the Midsummer celebration!

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