Why do people celebrate Midsummer?

Midsummer is one of Sweden's most beloved holidays, filled with tradition, joy and community. But why do we actually celebrate Midsummer? Let's dive into this fascinating tradition and learn more about its origins and meaning, while exploring how to experience an unforgettable Midsummer celebration at Marholmen in the Roslagen archipelago.

When is Midsummer celebrated?

Midsummer is celebrated close to the summer solstice, which occurs around June 21 each year. The summer solstice is the time of year when the sun is highest in the sky, giving us the longest day and shortest night of the year. This astronomical phenomenon has fascinated people for centuries and marks a turning point in the cycle of nature, as we move from the rise of light towards darker times. It is a time to celebrate light, warmth and life, and to enjoy the abundance of nature before summer gradually turns to fall.

The origin of midsummer

Originally, Midsummer was a pagan festival celebrated to welcome summer and honor the forces of nature. People believed that nature was filled with magic and supernatural powers during this time, and that it was a time of fertility and prosperity.

With the arrival of Christianity in Sweden, the celebration of Midsummer was integrated with the celebration of John the Baptist Day on June 24. Despite the religious connection, Midsummer retained much of its original, pagan character, and it remains a celebration of the forces of nature and the sun.

Traditions and Symbols

The midsummer pole, one of the most iconic symbols of midsummer, has its roots in ancient fertility symbols. Traveling and dancing around the midsummer pole is a central part of the celebration. Flowers and greenery are used to decorate the pole, houses and people. Picking seven or nine different flowers and putting them under the pillow is said to bring visions of their future partner in the dream.

Midsummer on Marholmen

Food and drink also play an important role in Midsummer celebrations. Traditional Midsummer dishes include pickled herring, fresh potatoes with dill, sour cream, strawberries and a schnapps. Meals are often long and festive, with singing and dancing as natural elements.

Midsummer on Marholmen

For those who want to experience a truly idyllic and traditional midsummer, there are few places that beat Marholmen in the Roslagen archipelago. Marholmen offers a perfect combination of scenic surroundings and rich cultural history. Here you can experience Midsummer in a way that truly embodies the Swedish summer.

On Marholmen, the celebrations begin as early as the Thursday before Midsummer Eve, with check-in at hotels, archipelago houses or villas. Here you will be greeted by blooming summer meadows, water lapping against the piers and an atmosphere that is hard to beat. Midsummer Eve on Marholmen includes the traditional raising of the midsummer pole, followed by communal games and dancing. For food lovers, there is a traditional midsummer lunch and a delicious barbecue buffet to enjoy.

Midsummer on Marholmen

Relaxation and Activities

In addition to the traditional celebrations, Marholmen offers a variety of activities for the whole family. On Midsummer's Day, you can relax and enjoy nature, participate in activities such as beach volleyball, adventure golf, fishing trips and much more. Marholmen has something for everyone, whether you are looking for excitement or relaxation.

Activities at Marholmen
Marholmen, summer


Midsummer is a time to celebrate the light, nature and community with loved ones. By taking part in this celebration at Marholmen, you not only get to experience Swedish traditions in an authentic way, but also enjoy a relaxing and fun weekend in one of Sweden's most beautiful archipelago environments. Welcome to celebrate Midsummer at Marholmen - where tradition meets the beauty of nature and creates memories for life.