10 things I learned at Midsummer in Sweden
MIDSUMMER IS THE BIGGEST CELEBRATION of the year in Sweden. Dating back hundreds of years, it’s a tradition that memorializes the summer solstice — the longest day of the year — and is meant to ensure a good harvest.
It’s also a special time when the booze overfloweth, everyone eats stinky bits of raw fish, children decorate and dance around a large phallic pole, dirty folk songs are sung, and everyone is expected to hop around like a frog.
Here are 10 things you need to know.
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