Midsummer in Växjö

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
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Trip End Jun 28, 2012


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Flag of Sweden  , Kronoberg,
Friday, June 22, 2012

Poor internet access tonight aboard the ferry to Helsinki. These are a few pics, however, from our day in southern Sweden on Friday celebrating Midsummer Eve with some Swedes in the small community of Evedal north of Vxj. It was a low-key, family affair with game booths set up for the really small kids, dancing around the Midsummer Pole, picnicking, and just enjoying the longest day of the year. 

What made it different than other Swedish Midsummer celebrations I've attended in years past was the presence of quite a few minorities. Midsummer is the most Scandinavian of celebrations, and Sweden celebrates it with the most enthusiasm. It's hard to find a gas station open on Midsummer Eve. 

This time, however, we a lot of people in the crowd who were clearly not of Scandinavia descent! African, Indian, Middle Eastern, by appearances, introducing their little ones to the customs of their adopted homeland. Immigration has caused major adjustments, and has serious challenges attached to is in Scandinavia. In this case, however, we appeared to be witnessing a healthy integration - a respect for and appreciation of the customs of the home country.
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Do you remember when we were out in the country dancing with the locals in 1997?

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