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Planet Earth 11: Sweden Midsummer Celebration


There are two most celebrated days in June for Sweden: the National Day on June 6 and the Midsummer celebration.

National Day of Sweden (Sveriges nationaldag) is a national holiday observed in Sweden on the 6th of June every year. Prior to 1983, the day was celebrated as Svenska flaggans dag (Swedish flag day). The tradition of celebrating this date is in honour of the election of King Gustav Vasa in 1523, as this was considered the foundation of modern Sweden.

Midsummer day simply refer to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, but more often refers to specific European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice, or that take place on a day between June 21 and June 24, and the preceding evening. In Sweden, the celebration is on Friday and Saturday between 19 June and 26 June. It is one of the most important holidays of the year in Sweden, and probably the most uniquely Swedish in the way it is celebrated. The main celebrations take place on the Friday, and the traditional events include raising and dancing around a huge maypole. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dancing around the pole listen to traditional music and some even wear traditional folk costumes. In addition, many wear crowns made of wild springs and wildflowers on their heads.

These photos were captured during the celebration by Swedish communities and invited guests in Jakarta, on the evening of 6 June 2012. Organized by Swedish Embassy in Jakarta.

Great foods, interesting culture, very friendly people.








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  1. sekar berkata:

    I was invited to this event too. The culinary was fantastic!

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