The traditional accompaniment is a cold beer and schnapps, preferably spiced.Every time the glasses are refilled, singing breaks out anew.Young people also liked to visit holy springs, where they drank the healing water and amused themselves with games and dancing.These visits were a reminder of how John the Baptist baptised Christ in the River Jordan.
In Sweden, they were mainly found in the southern part of the country.
Despite their poor showing as churchgoers, Swedes still like to wed in a country church with a flower-bedecked, arched entrance and beautiful hymns.
In agrarian times, Midsummer celebrations in Sweden were held to welcome summertime and the season of fertility.
At Midsummer, many begin their five-week annual holidays and everyone is in a hurry to get things done during the relatively short summer season.
Midsummer Eve is celebrated in the countryside − as always − and on the day before, everyone leaves town, everything closes and the city streets are suddenly spookily deserted.