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Friday, July 19, 2019

Midsummer Eve

I was contacted by the Son's of Norway 
if I would be willing to make flower crowns for the Midsummer Eve Celebration 
held at the Pioneer Village. 
I was super excited to participate.  My family joined me. My husband got some fun photos of everyone enjoying the evening.

 Me making flower crowns.

The lady smiling at the camera is Robin, she is the one who contacted me to participate.

 Games
 Maypole

 Bonfire

 A few of my flower crowns.

 Celebrating

I have shared the advertisement below about the festival.

This year, the Pioneer Village Museum has joined together with the Sons of Norway - Dovre Lodge to bring Midsummer Eve traditions to the Barron County community. Join us to celebrate Scandinavian heritage, culture, and community following the Strawberry Festival and Quilt Show on June 22nd. 
As with both ancient and modern traditions, a bonfire will be central to the celebrations (along with the presence of the local fire department!), and the Sons of Norway will be raising a maypole (majstång or midsommarstång). Anyone who wants to attend in traditional clothing is more than welcome to! This is the Pioneer Village's first time hosting this type of event, and we hope to make it special for everyone involved. 
Bring your friends and family for an evening of cultural learning and fun!

And a little more about Midsummer Eve..


Midsummer (Norwegian: midtsommer; Swedish: midsommar; Finnish: keskikesä) is a Northern Hemisphere tradition that spread through Northern Europe to the Americas. Though the origins of this celebration date to pre-Christian summer solstice festivals, it survived the Christianization of Europe in the form of the Feast of St. John the Baptist, established in the 4th Century CE to celebrate his birth. (This date was chosen to align with the established birthday of Jesus, December 25th; according to Biblical lore, John the Baptist was born six months before Jesus.) 

Scandinavian immigrants to our region brought Midsummer Eve celebrations with them. This is a celebration that has endured up to the present day, both in Scandinavia and in the Scandinavian diaspora worldwide, particularly the United States

17 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos. Happy Friday.
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  2. This looks like such a fun event! I love your flower crowns!

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  3. I'm so glad that you were asked to use your talent in making the flower arrangements for this fun celebration. I think it's great that this tradition has endured for so long. I love the Maypole tradition also. It looks like a lot of good fun.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs, Julia

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  4. What an interesting outing. I love your flower head pieces. We do nothing local and I miss that. I remember things like this growing up.

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  5. I have yet to visit Wisconsin, even though you all are neighbors directly to the north. My daughter and her fiance (now husband) visited the Dells last year and had a lovely time... they camped out and kept it low-key.

    The celebration looks fabulous and a total blast. I love seeing how others celebrate!

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  6. What a fun and wonderful day. The flower crowns look so beautiful. The bonfire was huge. Must be really relaxing to sit by art night. Thanks for sharing the great photos. Have a fantastic day.
    World of Animals

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  7. Your flower crowns are beautiful, and just perfect for the occasion. My favorite picture is the woman fiddling in front of the fire, WOW, that is stunning! I am so glad to see pictures of YOU, too!

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  8. Love the flower crowns Carla. How sweet and pretty. Looks like a fun event. I bet they were glad to have you help out. Happy Friday.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  9. Flower crowns...oh how I love them! And you look so pretty making them. Have you lightened your hair? It looks nice! Enjoy your weekend!

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  10. Oh, flower crowns?? How fun!! I want one. 🥰 And I love you hair!! You look so pretty surrounded by all those flowers. Have a great weekend! xo

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  11. Fun day. How nice to be able to see people wearing flowers, what a lovely thing to be able to make.

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  12. Carla, I loved the crowns...so pretty. I laughed at the tiny little ones at the may pole. The bonfire is scary to me . I always worry that something that big could get out of hand...my neighbor man burns farm trash and limbs in the back like that. Be safe and keep enjoying your summer. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

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  13. That looks like so much fun! We were busy that weekend, or I would have loved to participate. One of my dreams is to be able to volunteer at The Pioneer Village - I've always been a history buff, and that would be right up my alley!

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  14. Good morning Carla! Thank you for visiting my blog as you followed from Nancy's blog! I really appreciate your visit. I see that you live somewhere where this wonderful festival is also celebrated! I live in Minnesota, however, I am a native of California and a transplant from Boston, Mass. Needless to say, I've experienced the lovely phenomenon of various cultural festivals, all so dear and meaningful to the communities. I have learned so much about the Scandinavian traditions while living here in the Twin Cities. Gorgeous, gorgeous! I particularly love the winter festivals and have come to truly cherish the Scandinavian perspective!

    Have a lovely rest of the summer.

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  15. The flower crowns are pretty. That's one big bonfire!

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  16. It was such a fun event. I'm so glad you were able to participate.
    I shared your post with my sister, as I new she would be very interested. She wants to know more about the hat you are wearing. Can you share any info?

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  17. Lovely pictures here, so nice to see the maypole, and the big bonfire!

    All the best Jan

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High Fives from Wisconsin!

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