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Nordic Midsummer Fest

Midsummer (also called Summer Solstice) is the longest day of the year on June 21st. In the most southern part of the Nordic countries, Denmark, the sun sets at 9 p.m. and rises again at 3:30 a.m. However, in the far north of Norway and Sweden the sun does not set at all in June.

Around this time all the Nordic countries have midsummer celebrations, in Sweden it is even a national holiday. In Denmark they light giant bonfires on the beaches, in Norway they also light bonfires for their celebrations. In Sweden they flock to the countryside to dance around the maypole. In Iceland they have folklore festivals and the Finns head out to the countryside and their saunas to celebrate the longest day of the year.

Our midsummer celebration in Cincinnati combines some of the best of the Nordic traditions.

We decorate a Swedish maypole with greenery and flowers and then we dance and sing around the maypole. Our native Swedish members make sure to teach us at least one song in Swedish while we hop like frogs.

There is always an abundance of delicious dishes brought in by our members who love to share their best original Scandinavian recipes.

When it starts to get dark a giant bonfire is lit and we continue to enjoy the evening with friends around the fire.