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Midsummer (Midsommar) is a very Swedish holiday. It's a tribute to summer solstice, when the Nordic night is at its shortest.

Originally the Midsummer's Day was celebrated on the 24th of June in honor of St. John the Baptizer (Johannes Döparen), but since 1953 it's always falling on the Saturday between 20th and 26th of June. Well, originally it was not a Christian feast. And in many aspects it still isn't!

Midsummer's Eve (Midsommarafton) is deeply connected with rituals of eating and drinking. Of music and dancing. And very often with too much from all of these.

But on Sunday the party is over. The vodka is finished, the cigarettes are out and the flowers are wilted. And many suffer from a 'heavy head'.

From now on the nights will only grow longer...

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