Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 2714 from 2003/2/24
unfortunately it is rather rainy and not too warm here now...
Well, that's the "traditional" Swedish Midsommar Weather!
Well, at least it's not totally uncommon that it rains (or are showers) and *not always* very warm yet (but it *can* be)!
Anyway, Midsommar is a "holy" celebration in Sweden, a country where winters are very long and dark, but the summer days never ends! And since this is posted in the *Swedish* forum, I feel kind of obligated to point out that even though the reason for celebration (the summer solstice) is today, the actual Swedish "Midsommar" *celebration* always is on the *following Friday* (that is - this coming Friday). Much for practical reasons I suppose; this day, everyone leaves the cities, travels out in the bush on the countryside, spends the day celebrating with your children/families, dancing around the "Majstång", eating a lot of "Midsommar food", and then spends the whole night drinking. Followed by two days of hangover!
The whole country kind of closes down for the whole weekend!
So from a Swedish perspective, the summer solstice is today, but "Midsommar" is this coming Friday!
Anyway, I just went outside and took this picture (at 22:15 hours). The picture is taken from the balcony of my house with my crappy cellphone camera. The sun has set, but the sky is still very bright. It will get a little bit darker during the next few hours, but not very much, and then the dawn breaks again! 5857451095_4896d713d9_b.jpg
I like it much better when the earth is on this side of the sun!