Guide to Your Own Swedish Midsummer Celebration

Family dancing around the Maypole. Photo: Christian Ferm | ImageBank Sweden.
Family dancing around the Maypole. Photo: Christian Ferm | ImageBank Sweden.

Raising the Maypole for Song, Dance and Games

At about 5:30 p.m., villagers (or your family and friends) must raise the maypole. This is when the serious drinking, singing and dancing begins. With the dancing comes a wide range of games, such as what we Americans call “potato sack races.”

Potato sack races take place as part of maypole festivities. Photo: Carolina Romare | ImageBank Sweden.
Potato sack races take place as part of maypole festivities. Photo: Carolina Romare | ImageBank Sweden.
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