Tag Archives: midsummer


Swedish maypole

–Informant Info– Nationality: United States of America Age: 45 Occupation: Relationship Banker, Chase Bank Residence: Laguna Niguel, CA Date of Performance/Collection: 4/19/2021 Primary Language: English Other Language(s): Swedish Main Piece: The following conversation is transcribed from a conversation between me (HS) and my co-worker/informant (SC). HS: So what is one of your favorite customs that… Continue Reading »

Saint John’s Tide

Content: Informant – “Saint John’s Tide is on Midsummer, the eve of June 21st. There’s a big fire. Everyone gathers around the fire and one at a time they throw their intentions for the new year into the bonfire. Where you want to be in the coming year, what you want to do, whatever. Then… Continue Reading »

Midsummer

Informant was a 20 year old female who was born in Sweden and currently lives in the United States. She came to visit me. Informant: There is a ritual, kinda like a Swedish holiday, but not really. It’s called a Swedish name that means something like midsummer. And it’s generally in June, and it’s basically… Continue Reading »

Eve of St. John’s Fires

On the midsummer solstice, or the Eve of St. John, fires are lit and maidens wear wreaths in their hair to celebrate the longest day of the year.   My informant first attended this festival with her family as a little girl, and mostly remembered the beautiful wreaths all of the girls would wear in… Continue Reading »