Every year as summer emerges from the dark and depressing cave of winter, Sweden prepares for its most culturally significant holiday: Midsommar. Originally a pagan celebration, these days Midsommar is an excuse for Swedes to revisit the customs and traditions of their ancestors on the shortest night of the year. Every aspect of the day has some sort of historic significance, from the flower-covered Maypole to the desire to stay outdoors.
Though it’s celebrated in various locales around the world, a Swedish Midsommar is truly unlike anything else. This year, Sleek is teaming up with Absolut Vodka to show our readers how to celebrate like a real Swede. As we count down the days until this year’s Absolut Midsommar Weekender event in Ahus, Sweden from 24-25 June, we’ll cover all the basics, including what to wear, how to make a flower crown and where to party.
For even more from our Absolut guide to Sweden’s biggest holiday, grab a cocktail shaker and test out one of our must-try cocktails you need to drink this Midsommar.
With Midsommar marking the beginning of summer break for many Swedes, the holiday is a time for many to enjoy the beautiful weather in the great outdoors. The nation is notorious for its abundance of fairytale-like forests and idyllic meadows. That’s why during Midsommar, tradition has residents living in bigger metropolises ditching city life for relaxation in the countryside.
Even if you’re unable to attend Absolut’s Midsommar Weekender event, there are plenty of ways to celebrate in Berlin. Since 2012, Nordic By Nature has shared the custom with the German capital through their very own Midsommar festival. But if big parties aren’t your thing and you’d prefer to celebrate with your own intimate shindig, we’ve rounded up a list of the best parks and green spaces to throw the perfect Midsommar event fit for a Swede.
Park am Gleisdreieck
Straße des 17. Juni 31
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