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Swedish midsummer midsommar

Swedish midsummer midsommar

Scandinavian Regional Costumes in the Bunad Magazine. Duran Textiles Newsletter. Newsletter no. 6-2009

Scandinavian Regional Costumes in the Bunad Magazine. Duran Textiles Newsletter. Newsletter no. 6-2009

Maras Loks in Latvia – Summer Solstice Celebration

Maras Loks in Latvia – Summer Solstice Celebration

Originally, the Vikings celebrated Midsummer as a fertility rite. The May pole was a phallic symbol, which was planted into the earth to symbolically fertilize Mother Nature in hopes of a bountiful harvest later in the year. The celebration marked the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year and the shortest night.

Originally, the Vikings celebrated Midsummer as a fertility rite. The May pole was a phallic symbol, which was planted into the earth to symbolically fertilize Mother Nature in hopes of a bountiful harvest later in the year. The celebration marked the Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year and the shortest night.

JĀNIS DAY CELEBRATIONS  A great feast, song and dance, the shortest night of the year spent in front of a bonfire, mystical rituals and even a bit of romance – this is what makes the Līgo celebration or Jāņi. Jāņi is celebrated on the summer solstice on 23 and 24 June. This pagan-like holiday is almost more popular in Latvia than New Year's Eve and Christmas.

JĀNIS DAY CELEBRATIONS A great feast, song and dance, the shortest night of the year spent in front of a bonfire, mystical rituals and even a bit of romance – this is what makes the Līgo celebration or Jāņi. Jāņi is celebrated on the summer solstice on 23 and 24 June. This pagan-like holiday is almost more popular in Latvia than New Year's Eve and Christmas.

Kupala Girls  Belarusian girls in traditional costumes jump the fire on Ivan Kupala Night, a Slavic holiday originating in pagan times. (Turov, Belarus.) Photo: Viktor Drachev / AFP / Getty Images

Kupala Girls Belarusian girls in traditional costumes jump the fire on Ivan Kupala Night, a Slavic holiday originating in pagan times. (Turov, Belarus.) Photo: Viktor Drachev / AFP / Getty Images

1910s Latvia Latvian Teenage Girls Posing in Folk Dresses Real Photo | eBay

Details about 1910s Latvia Latvian Teenage Girls posing in Folk Dresses Real Photo

1910s Latvia Latvian Teenage Girls Posing in Folk Dresses Real Photo | eBay

en liten flicka ... participating in one of the many Midsommer celebrations that occur all over Scandinavia during the summer soltice.

en liten flicka ... participating in one of the many Midsommer celebrations that occur all over Scandinavia during the summer soltice.

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