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Midsummer pole
With roots in pagan times, Midsummer is a celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, but it is also a celebration of life and love. One central aspect of the celebration is to dance around the midsummer pole, or maypole.
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Apart from Christmas, midsummer is the most important holiday in the Swedish calendar. For some, midsummer is the most important. In 2023, Midsummer Eve is celebrated on 23 June. Below you can find out more about Swedish Midsummer traditions and food.