2022 Midsommar celebrations

14 06 2022

Come celebrate Scandinavian Midsommar at Heidelberg Park, Glendale, WI, Sunday June 26 from 1 PM to 4 PM. All are welcome to this event to celebrate the longest day of the year, one of the most popular of Scandinavian holidays.

Help decorate the Majstång (Midsommar pole), make a traditional flower crown, learn about Swedish settlers in Wisconsin at the History Table, shop for Swedish items donated by SAHSWI members, enjoy lunch with some Swedish specialties while enjoying performances by the violinists Goda Vänner and the folk-dance group Lykkeringen Dancers. There are activities for children, face painting, the ancient Kubb game, sack raises, tug-a-war. Come enjoy it all, it is free, and open to the public. Food is available for purchase.

A little bit of history

Celebrating Midsommar, one of the most popular holidays in Sweden is a very ancient practice, dating back to pre-Christian times. It has its roots in Pagan rituals to welcome summer and season of fertility. In Sweden, midsommar festivals have been around for at least 500 years. Even in agrarian times, people in Sweden welcomed summertime by decorating their houses and farm tools with foliage and raising tall May Poles to dance around. It was the time to put the cows out to pasture and begin milking.