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Tile Midsommardag


Midsummer is a celebration of the summer solstice, the longest day. In Sweden the symbol of Midsummer is the "Majstang", or May Pole, which is a giant cross, clad in birch leaves and decorated with flowers. In every small village the "Majstang' is prepared in the morning but is left to rest on the ground a few hours so the people can go home to dine on the traditional herring, new potatoes and strawberry cake. There is broennvin (schnapps) and beer for adults and lemonade for children. In the afternoon everyone returns to the "Majstang'. In a special ceremony, the May Pole is raised. Musicians play the violin, guitar and the "dragspel' as the young and old join hands and dance in a circle around the pole. They also sing and do silly dances much to the children's delight. The couple in the foreground bowing and curtsying are wearing costumes from Leksand called Leksandsdrakter. The people dancing around the Maypole are wearing costumes from different districts. The yellow and blue costume is the national costume of Sweden. 
Design by Suzanne Toftey, 6" square ceramic, cork back with plastic hanger.

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