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Monday, May 13, 2013

Partying in Sweden for the solstice

Local people in modern and traditional dress join hands to dance around the maypole at the midsummer celebration in the village of Jat in Sweden, in June last year. The Midsummer party, usually held on the Friday after the summer solstice, is a day — a very long day — that calls for a lot of singing, a smorgasbord of salty fish, bottomless glasses of beer, and aquavit.