Sweden’s annual Midsummer celebration is one of the country’s most treasured traditions, but this year, the event will prove a bit different as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to pose health risks and large gatherings are canceled.
The holiday isn’t being done away entirely, however. Small outdoor gatherings with friends and families will take place in Sweden, and some Midsummer celebrations from all over the country will be broadcast via live stream on Friday, June 19, 2020.
The Facebook live stream, organized by Visit Sweden, will have local Swedish hosts from all over the country guide viewers through Midsummer traditions like making flower wreaths and dancing around the maypole.
The online virtual schedule is as follows (all times are Eastern time):
5:00 AM — Flower wreath-making in Skåne
7:00 AM — Midsummer lunch in West Sweden
9:00 AM — Dancing around the Midsummer pole in Dalarna
1:00 PM — Flower picking and evening dip in Roslagen
6:00 PM — Midnight sun and skiing in Swedish Lapland
Midsummer is a celebration of the summer solstice, the welcoming of the hot season, and the longest day of the year.