Pentecost, National Day and Midsummer

//Mother's Day in Sweden is celebrated on the last Sunday of May.
This year it will be at the same weekend as the Pentecost fall on.//

May 30-31. Pentecost Holiday

Though the Pentecost to most of us is just another public holiday
without the religious meaning as both Christmas and Easter are to many.
During Pentecost many couples choose to get married. The number of 
wedding ceremonies taking place on that specific holiday is very high :
). If you want to have the ceremony in a specific church you will have
to book the church far in advance of the wedding date. Some churches
that are extra popular are booked for years in advance.

June 6 - National Day of Sweden
Believe it or not but this day June 6 did not become a public holiday until 2005.
Many activities are set for this day of course.

June 19-20 Midsummer Holiday

Midsummer Eve which is always on a Friday

The main celebrations take place on the Friday, and the traditional
events include raising and dancing around a huge maypole. One typical
dance is the frog dance. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole.

Raising and dancing around a maypole (majstång or midsommarstång) is an
activity that attracts families and many others. People dancing around
the pole listen to traditional music and many wear traditional folk
costumes. The year's first potatoes, pickled herring, sour cream, and
possibly the first strawberries of the season are on the menu. Drinking
songs are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

Traditionally, 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.



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