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The Swedish Midsummer celebration is a Swedish pagan celebration celebrating the summer solstice that has been preserved and kept intact, authentic and loyal to its roots til this day celebrating like the ancients did.

The ancients believed that Midsummer was a time of magic when evil forces were suppressed and the world turned topsy-turvy in the opposite way to how it normally was. It was also a time of great astral power, when the forces of nature were at their height. The solstice is a time of light, and light symbolizes knowledge, conciousness, and self-realization. This is why many people still celebrate the Swedish Midsummer to this day. The celebration typically starts on the Friday closest to the actual solstice, and the main festivities take place on Midsummer Eve, which is the Saturday between June 20th and June 26th. The main components of the celebration include dancing around a maypole, feasting on traditional foods such as herring, potatoes, and strawberries, and drinking schnapps. Traditional songs and games, such as ring dances around the maypole and playing the game Kubb, are also an important part of the celebration. One of the key symbols of the Swedish Midsummer is the maypole, or "midsommarstång" in Swedish. The maypole is typically decorated with leaves and flowers and is raised in a central location where people gather to celebrate. Dancing around the maypole is a way to celebrate the fertility of the earth and the arrival of summer. The tradition is said to have originated from the ancient custom of raising a tall, phallic pole as a symbol of the life-giving power of the sun. During the celebration, people also wear traditional folk costumes, with women wearing floral wreaths in their hair and men wearing colorful shirts and hats. It is also common for people to pick seven different types of flowers and place them under their pillows on Midsummer Eve, in the hopes of dreaming of the person they will marry. Another important aspect of the Swedish Midsummer celebration is the focus on nature and the outdoors. Many people celebrate by going on a picnic or spending the day at a summer cottage in the countryside. It is also common to take a traditional Maypole walk, where people follow a route to take in the local nature and stop at various points to dance and play games. Overall, the Swedish Midsummer celebration is a time for people to come together and celebrate the beauty of nature, the arrival of summer, and the joy of being alive. It is a rich tradition that has been passed down for centuries and continues to be an important part of Swedish culture today.