This event is organised by the SI Alumni Network Bolivia and is open to SI alumni as well as Swedish residents in Bolivia.
Venue: Achumani, 22 street, Santuario de Schoenstatt Achumani
Date: 21 July
For more info, please contact María José Velásquez Flores
Midsummer is considered to be the second largest festival celebrated in Sweden . The event is quite unique and the timing could not be more perfect, as it’s typically hosted during the summer solstice; symbolically closing a chapter on the very long and dark winter months and welcoming the bright days of summer. Midsummer was traditionally celebrated on June 24th, but due to the ever-changing day, the Swedes decided to change the date so that it would be reserved as a weekend celebration. Today, Midsummer is mainly held on a Friday between June 19th and 26th. But what is the significance of June 24th? June 24th is the feast day of Saint John the Baptist, born six months before Jesus; meaning the festival’s roots fall within a pre-Christian solstice festival.
While other countries do celebrate Midsummer, the Swedes tend to place Midsummer as a prominent festival during the year, complete with its own cultural spin. For the Swedes, the focus of Midsummer is the Maypole, or in Swedish Midsommarstång, which is often decorated with greenery and flowers and placed within a prominent space in the town hosting the celebration. The significance of the Swedish version of the Midsummer festival is central to the country’s cultural traditions. Traditionally held on the lightest day of the year, the festival serves as a joyous occasion to take part in activities alongside the community, complete with traditional food, drinks and games. The celebration itself is also associated with Swedish folklore, with legendary fables, stories and practices detailing the magic of Midsummer’s eve.
This is a tradition that was very important for any Bolivian who had the opportunity to live in Sweden for a short or a very long time and therefore, we would like to start a new tradition in Bolivia that can promote and relive a Swedish tradition with the SI alumni as the main participants.