Get ready for Midsommarfest by making your own Swedish Midsummer flower crown. Store Manager Kristen Larson is here to guide you in creating your own crown out of faux flowers. Cost for the event is $15 for members and $20 for non-members and includes all the materials you need. This event is for adults only. Children can learn to make these at our Midsommar summer camp. More information can be found here.
Why a flower crown?
Taking place on a Friday between 19 and 25 June, Midsummer (Midsommar) is the longest night of the year and the Swedish celebration of the summer season. Its origins lie in Sweden’s agricultural roots: it was a time to welcome the months of fertility ahead. Most Swedes like to celebrate Midsummer in the countryside, so the cities begin emptying out the day before. Large groups gather to enjoy each other’s company, families and friends alike. It’s traditional to make flower garlands, which are brought by procession to place on the Maypole, or Midsummer Pole (Midsommarstågen). This pole is erected in an open space and is the center of the day’s festivities. Many people – men and women alike, regardless of age – wear flowers crowns during this time. Flower crowns have long been a symbol of rebirth and fertility, so the wearing of them is connected to the essence of the holiday.