Glad Midsommar!

midsommar, midsummer, floral wreaths Midsummer, John the Baptist Day, summer solstice. Whatever you call it, it’s here. This weekend will beckon some of us to celebrate like Swedes and dance around maypoles, don floral head wreaths, and sing songs about small frogs. We’ll feast on herring and gravlax, rye crispbread, dilled potatoes, and Swedish meatballs. We’ll toast “Skol!” with shots of aquavit. But what's even better than the aquavit is traditional Strawberry Cream Cake (recipe here), a celebration of the berries just as they peak. If you join the revelers this year, be sure to find a spot near the maypole and bring your dancing sandals. For those of you not familiar with maypole hijinks, the only thing you really need to know in advance is that in Sweden frogs say "Kou ack ack ack," and pigs say, "Å nöff nöff nöff." Here's a song that's sung during Midsummer (feel free to sing it to your own tune):

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Små Grodorna

Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se.

Små grodorna, små grodorna är lustiga att se.

Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.

Ej öron, ej öron, ej svansar hava de.

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,

kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

Kou ack ack ack, kou ack ack ack,

kou ack ack ack ack kaa.

Glad Midsommar, Everybody! Don your wreaths and get out and celebrate. If you're in New York, hope to see you down at Battery Park for the annual festivities.

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