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The first picture of this series was not really about Midsommar, so here we go for real.

Midsommar is the first week-end after the summer solstice. That week-end, Swedes are celebrating the venue of the summer by raising this big Midsommarstång, then dancing and singing around it.

It also symbolizes the fertility, after long and sterile winter months. Some say that the origin was to represent a big male phallus, fertilizing the Earth (supposed to be female), but the shape of the midsommarstång is not the same everywhere in Sweden (this is the most common one, yet).

The girls and woman have self-made flower crows on their head, still with this fertilizing idea. Here the Midsommarstång is being raised, and just after we'll be around one hundred people dancing around it, following a guitar and an accordion.

Children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, everybody is singing and dancing around.

More about Midsommar the next days. Thanks :o)

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