Sweden's biggest party - Midsummer
The Swedish countryside is one big party site come Midsummer. This joyful holiday kicks off vacation time (five-week annual holiday). Around-the-clock sunshine has shifted the short Nordic growing season into warp drive. And the Swedes are ecstatic. Carloads of families and friends head for summer cottages in anticipation of outdoor dancing, singing, and the great taste of traditional Swedish foods such as mouth-watering sweet strawberries, as well cold beer and schnapps. Beautiful girls, children, and other joyful souls gather amidst forests of silver birch, don garlands of wildflowers, and ring dance round the maypole on June 24, a truly spectacular sight.