Midsummer Celebration 2011
On Saturday June 25, 2010, we attended Peter Felfe and Active Ideas Productions‘ Midsummer Celebration (A Swedish & German Summer Celebration), Southampton, New York. This event featured art exhibits from artists Annika Connor and Martina Molin. There were performances by Vivien Schweitzer and Robert Boston, who are both pianists, and Niranjana Shankar, singer. Special guests in attendance include Gerard Araud, French Ambassador to the UN, and Pascal Blondeau, French artist/photographer. It truly was a beautiful celebration.
Shakyra Interviews Annika Connor, Artist
Midsummer Celebration 2011 Photo Gallery
Some Midsummer History
Many cultures celebrate Midsummer, and for many it is considered a very important holiday. Midsummer is thought to be one of the times of the year when magic is the strongest, so it is considered a good night to perform rituals and to look into the future.
In Sweden, Mid-summer celebration originates from the time before Christianity; it was celebrated as a sacrifice time, the sign of the fertility, and celebration of the Summer Solstice. In Germany bonfires are still a custom in many areas of Germany, and people often gather to watch the bonfire and celebrate solstice.
Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” + “to stand still.” As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, summer solstice begins on Jun 21 2011 at 1:16, but since 1953 the celebration has been moved to the Friday and Saturday between 19 June and 26 June.
It is an old Swedish tradition is that unmarried girls should before bedtime midsummer´s eve pick seven kinds of flowers and then sleep with the flowers under the pillow. During the night they will dream about the boys they will get married to. So ladies this is what you should do on Friday night in advance of our Saturday party.