Today we celebrate Midsummer here in Sweden, the biggest holiday beside Christmas (or Yule as we call it). Even though the church did try to make it a Christian holiday by calling it John the Baptist’s Day they finally gave up too 🙂 It is all pagan and will so remain until we stop celebrating it. But to be honest, not all swedes knows a lot about this holiday, they just take it as a chance to drink their brains out. But surprisingly many children will be born in nine months and that is what Midsummer is all about, fertility.
I guess most people on this planet has celebrated the sun since the day we started to notice patterns in the universe. It was very important that the harvest didn’t fail and it was very important that they got many children, so when summer solstice arrived they celebrated with offerings to either the god they had or directly to the sun (which by the way most likely was a god too). What they did later out in the fields I leave to Your dirty imaginations 🙂 🙂 🙂 But at midsummer our gods Frö (male) and Freja (female and sister to Frö) were the fertility gods here.
The Midsummer pole as we now days just dance around singing songs about little frogs and how funny they are and other old songs that we only remember this time of year, is really a giant phallus. If You look at the photograph I have in the beginning of this post upside down You easily can see that it isn’t a bit strange-looking cross 🙂 The midsummer pole arrived to this country around 1200 they think there are no indications that it existed here earlier than that.
I never feel like celebrating this holiday since it now turns towards darker and cooler weather. I always get a bit depressed this day since summer not really even has started here yet 🙂 But that is somewhat destroyed today since I was away looking at the new puppy 🙂 He already has a perfect name and it is only one letter different from the name I had been thinking of 🙂 It is Sune (I had been thinking of Rune 🙂 ). I met his mother and two of his sisters too and a whole lot of other dogs as well 🙂 He’s a mixed breed but I can’t tell You which ones because my friend at work might read this and I do like to tease her 🙂 🙂 🙂 I just left a message on Facebook to her: I have a puppy and he’s soo cute 🙂 🙂 🙂
It is already raining down in Gothenburg so it will arrive here within a couple of hours I’m afraid. The winds are strong and that keeps the flies away, at least outside. Even though I have mosquito nets all over the place many still comes in when my dogs run in and out all the time. But fly papers takes most of them thankfully. Even though I don’t celebrate this day myself I still eat the food we normally have this day. Well I don’t eat any kind of pickled herring, but I do eat meatballs, prince sausages, cheese of different kinds and lots of other things 🙂 I’ll continue about Midsummer tomorrow.
Have a great day!