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Pedro Specter
created at: Fri Jun 19 2020| updated at:Wed Jul 06 2022
This winter has been unusually warm with temperatures up to 9 degrees higher than normal. We were lucky this year! With a possible heat record in sight, many Swedes are on their way to their midsummer celebrations. Happy Midsummer wishes The Swedish Times to its readers! Midsummer falls about the time of the summer solstice, which marks the longest day and shortest night of the year. The summer heat, on the other hand, only culminates about a month later, which may be a comfort to those who have been exposed to the sometimes quite chilly Swedish midsummer weather. This year will be completely different. It will be anything but a classic Swedish midsummer in much of Sweden this year – so bid farewell to the umbrella and pick up the sunglasses just for the sill lunch. The weather map is adorned with radiant suns and high temperatures. In Östersund, 25 degrees or more is expected – in that case it will be the hottest midsummer evening in 50 years, according to SMHI. In addition to Christmas, Midsummer is perhaps the most important holiday in Sweden. For many people it marks the beginning of a period of leave. Historically, both Midsummer and Midsummer Bar go back to a celebration in Northern Europe of spring’s growing vegetation. In the peasant community, midsummer marked a breaking point in the working year, while midsummer night itself was considered full of magical powers and supernatural beings. Midsummer Day’s original function as a church feast is now almost non-existent. The Swedish Times wishes all its readers a pleasant midsummer. Remember Covid-19 restrictions and take care of you! Happy midsummer!
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