Text and photo Laila Duran ©
Summer is finally here and all over Scandinavia we celebrate Midsummer and St. Hans. The longest days of the year are enjoyed and in some parts the sun never sets. Since I have some of the busiest months of the year ahead of me and are not able to keep the blog entries as I usually do, I just like to show you some summer photos to get in to the Midsummer mood. A Happy Midsummer to you all!
Music and dans are a great part of the Midsummer tradition. Here are some children from Boda and Rättvik in Dalecarlia, Sweden.
Dancers at Boda Gammelgård.
Dancers from Telemark in Norway.
The fiddler is playing his Hardigfiddle.
Midsummer night is the right time to find out “if he loves me or loves me not”.
Ladies from Dala Floda, rowing across the lake to participate in the Cows Midsummer.
Girls from Dala Floda dressed for the festival.
A young woman from Jokkmokk in swedish Lappland. The tradition is to pick seven different kinds of flowers to keep under your pillow on Midsummer night. Then you will see your lover in your dreams.
Midsummer night is a time for playing, dancing and courting. The pretty young lady and her admirers are from Jokkmokk.
This couple are wearing kirtles from Kautokeino in Norway. Above the Polar Circle the sun does not set this time of year and it is easy to get lost in time. The nights are perfect for romance.
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I wish you all a wonderful summer and I will be back blogging in a few weeks time. //Laila
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