Mid Summer’s Eve: A Weekend of Feasts, Gratitude, and Tradition

This past weekend, the Bluebird Experience family celebrated the ancient Scandinavian festival of Midsummer’s Eve. We gathered with close friends and family to celebrate the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year. We were able to practice many century old traditions and even created some of our own!


“Traditions touch us, they connect us, and they expand us.” - Rita Barreto Craig


Flower Crowns: Midsummer is a magical time where it’s said activities involving nature have enhanced powers. Collecting flowers to weave into wreaths and crowns is a way to harness nature’s magic to ensure good health throughout the year. We made ours out of baby’s breath and wildflowers.




Bonfires: Bonfires are a way to keep the light going throughout the night. Burning certain flowers or herbs is said to bring luck, fertility, and health throughout the year.





Feasts: We embraced many traditional foods, such as fish, potatoes, and fresh berries, but

we also added many delicacies to our menu. Breaking bread with family and friends was our favorite way to spread the abundance of midsummer.



“Food brings people together on many different levels. It’s nourishment of the soul and body; it’s truly love.” - Giada De Laurentiis.


Our newest tradition…

Spreading the joy and festivities to the birds! We shared bug dots and mealworms with each of our occupied bluebird nestboxes to ensure our songbirds felt the love and appreciation of a midsummer’s eve.



Midsummer's Eve is a feast of gratitude, which feeds our soul, with family, friendships, flowers, and fireflies



Resources

RealScandinavia.com

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Midsummers-Eve


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