Brighter than the sun.

Happy belayed Midsummer!

Everyone of you who shops at IKEA probably knows what I’m talking about. But for the rest who have no clue what all the fuss is about, here a little explanation:

Midsummer day simply refers 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. The exact dates vary between different cultures. Midsummer is especially important in the cultures of Scandinavia, Estonia and Latvia where it is the most celebrated holiday apart from Christmas.”

So this friday was Midsummer’s Eve and everyone was leaving for a trip to their summer houses or just gathering with friends and family in a park or at a lake, celebrating the longest day of the year.

Me and my friends met after work, grabbed our barbecue equipment and walked through bushes, mud and mosquitos to find this little piece of paradise ;)

© Jule Helmke

 

A must have on Midsummer besides food, blankets and mosquito spray is definitely a crown made of wildflowers. My friend Daniela had the must beautiful Midsummer crown I had ever seen!

© Jule Helmke

 

A very popular thing here in Sweden are disposable grills. When I first saw them, I thought they were kind of ridiculous, but they are so handy and even a monkey would be able to use them!

© Jule Helmke

 

Unfortunately this year Midsummer’s Eve wasn’t as warm as it usually is here in Stockholm, so we couldn’t go for a swim. :(

© Jule Helmke

 

But is was still warm enough to enjoy a great dinner outside.

© Jule Helmke

 

After a couple of hours it was time to pack our things  and head back the apartment so that we wouldn’t get lost in the darkness of the woods.

© Jule Helmke

 

Year after year Midsummer  is such an amazing time, it’s the Christmas Eve of summer!

I hope everybody had a great weekend, celebrating Midsummer or just celebrating the weekend.

 

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