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NYC Midsummer

NYC Midsummer or Swedish Midsummer in Central Park is a Swedish midsummer celebration organized in New York City's Central Park annually on the Friday afternoon close to the summer solstice or St John's day. The event on June 21, 2002 was the seventh annual celebration of this kind.

Midsummer is one of the year's great family holidays in the Scandinavian countries, since long before the introduction of Christianity. Even though the church has linked it to the day of St John the Baptist, it is primarily celebrated outside of church. A midsummer pole decorated with leaves and flowers is erected and children and familys dance around it. A Swedish smörgåsbord of herring, new potatoes, and other dishes is served.

For more information on the event in Central Park, see the website http://www.nycmidsummer.com/



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