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After the refreshments our hosts played music and sang for us. This man is playing a horse head fiddle, he also sang two double throat songs that were as wonderful to hear as they were amazing. The man was very talented and he sang beautifully.

Ahmedpur East District Bahawalpur (Southern Punjab, Pakistan)

 

The city of Ahmedpur East was founded by a landlord Ahmed Khan Perjani in 1748. In 1758, during a flood, Ahmedpur East was almost ruined but was later rebuilt.

 

Railway station at Ahmedpur East was built in 1875 and is commonly called Dera Nawab Sahib. There are daily train and bus services for Multan, Lahore, Sukkur, Karachi, Dera Ghazi Khan, etc. Saraiki is the local language of the area. Urdu, Punjabi and English are also spoken and understood by most people. It’s altitude from sea level is 400 feet. Temperature varies between 8°C to 24°C in winters and between 32°C to 45°C in summers. Average rainfall here is approx. 6.89 inches annually.

 

Ahmedpur is famous for Ahmed puri ‘Khussa’ (Shoes), embroidery work, brocades, plain delicate and painted earthen pottery and ‘moorahs’ (settees) and things made of reed. Hog deer, ravine deer, black buck and Nilgai are common, Fox, Jackals, hares, porcupine, mongoose, lark, owls and hawks are also found. Wild boars are is large number in the forest areas.The people of the area are simple and have great faith in religion , Pirs , Saints and Shrines . They love music and singing.

 

Music and singing from one of the local schools at the canal fest. I normally stick around and take more photos of the different events going on around the fest, but the weather turned bad which isn't so much fun for an outdoors festival!

Højerup - Stevns Klint - Sjaelland - Danmark

 

Højerup Old Church on Stevns Klint was built of chalk ashlar c. 1250-1300. Back then, it stood at a safe distance from the cliff. According to the legend, the church moves a cock-stride inland each Christmas night; but this did not suffice to avoid disaster: in 1928, the chancel and part of the cemetary plunged into the sea as a result of the ravages of time on the cliff.

For security reasons, it had already been closed in 1910. Today, the remainder of the building is thoroughly secured, and once a year - the second Tuesday of August - a popular evening of music and singing is held there.

A girl dressed up to take part in Midsummer celebrations at Rönninge by in Täby.

 

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

 

A woman fiddler entertaining the Midsummer celebrators at Rönninge by in Täby,

 

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

 

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In Greek mythology, the Sirens were creatures who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and singing voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.

Listen to their beautiful voices.

Sirenes. Claude Debussy

www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QMAlGAoiuQ

International Olsztyn Folklore Days is a magical festival of dance, music and singing cultivating and disseminating achievements of the intangible cultural heritage many nationalities.

This is an event whose idea is to bring the community of our region closer to you . This year's participants of the Folklore Days are folk bands from Benin, Cyprus, Ireland, Indonesia, Canada, Macedonia, Mexico, Peru, Serbia, Hungary, as well as teams from Poland .

 

Lens - Nikkor 18 - 105 mm f/3.5 - 5.6G ED VR with Hoya UV Fusion Antistatic Hmc Filter .

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Yay! Finally got round to setting up a blog (Brian's Blog) at last. It's very, very early stages at the moment but I often find I've got lots of images and don't wish to bore everyone by putting every single shot on Flickr.

 

So one thing I'll be using my blog for is to put in off cuts and unpublished stuff with a bit of explanation about things when appropriate. Hope it's of interest.

 

This was from Liverpool Music Week in 2008. I did several nights at the Alma de Cuba (a beautiful venue for bands to play in) and took loads of pics for the events and then had to upload them to an events website. I ended up surviving on 15 hours sleep during the week. I was exhausted but loved every minute of it.

 

The Lost Brothers are a great band - beautiful music and singing in the Everly Borthers style.

One of the nicest things that have happened to me since I started this project is meeting great people. This is Mitch with his two dogs, Rambler and Harley. We talked for a bit and then he played music and sang a song. He asked me to sing and I told him I could not sing, but he insisted. When I started to sing Rambler howled like his ears hurt! Did I mention that my grandfather was an opera singer in Palermo? ha ha!

 

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Una delle cose più belle che mi sono accadute da quando ho iniziato questo progetto sta incontrando grande popolo. Si tratta di Mitch con i suoi due cani, Rambler e Harley. Abbiamo parlato per un po 'e poi ha suonato e cantato una canzone. Mi ha chiesto di cantare e gli ho detto che non poteva cantare, ma ha insistito. Quando ho iniziato a cantare Rambler ululava come le orecchie male! Ho già detto che mio nonno era un cantante d'opera a Palermo? ah ah!

The women and child girl team in a tug of war during Midsummer celebrations at Ängsholmsbadet in Täby.

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

 

A girl with a flower wreath on her head taking part in the Midsummer celebrations at Ängsholmsbadet in Täby.

 

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

A girl with a flower wreath taking part in Midsummer celebrations at Ängsholmsbadet in Täby.

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

My sister, Rara ✿ Avis, and I have been working hard on Winter's room. We are pretty much almost done with it. All that's left are a few minor things here and there, mainly just decorations and props.

 

We've always wanted to build something like this for our dolls and we are so happy that we were able to work on it together. It was a fun experience and we feel really accomplished and satisfied with it!

 

I really wanted Winter to have his room because I want it to be where I make lots of photo stories. One of their favorite past times is to play music and sing together.

 

What do you think of Winter's room!

Midsummer celebrations at Röänninge by in Täby.

 

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

 

A girl dressed up for MIdsummer celebrations at Rönninge by in Täby.

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

 

Dave Lefever 2/29/2012

 

Dave grew up on a dairy farm of Holsteins in Lebanon County, PA. Born into a devout Mennonite family, he first listened to church hymns, acapella and four part harmonies. His Dad played harmonica; his Mother sang and played piano. His brother, Ron, 16 years older played guitar and collected records- the Beatles, Creedence Clear Water Revival (which his Mom confiscated one time in opposition to Rock'n Roll). The first song Dave remembers really making an impact on him: “Dirty Water” the 1966 the proto-punk, garage hit by the California band the Standells...”awwwwww Boston you’re my home... “ ; it was different than anything he’d heard before.

 

Dave picked up a guitar at age 13 or 14. From then on, he played a lot by himself or got together with small pick-up jam sessions throughout his 20s. He also discovered William Faulkner, a love of language and wrote prose, poetry, (lyrics, but he didn’t know that yet) and short stories while still on the farm. Dave looked toward Lancaster as the big lights, big city place where everything was happening in stark contrast to quiet life on the family dairy farm. He never felt as though Lebanon was "his place".

 

Dave was still interested in farming- he and his wife, Katrina, an interpreter for the Deaf, moved to northern Frederick County in Maryland to a sustainable mixed flock sheep and vegetable farm. They learned a lot there, but after a time, the living situation was less than ideal. A bit sketchy, their bedroom was situated directly above the kitchen with no doors to any of the rooms upstairs in an old farmhouse with hardwood floors and plenty of echoes.

 

From there Dave and Katrina bought a 10 acre farm in Hanover PA. It was a lot of work; the farm was rundown. They raised Jacob sheep, a primitive breed who often had 4 horns: the curled horns toward the side of the head and another pair straight our on top of their head, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_(sheep). Katrina formed breeding contacts all over the country.

 

In the 1990s, sustainable farming, organics etc changed from mere agri-business to becoming a force within the community. Farmers were energized and sharing information rather than remaining as insular and isolated as they had once been. Farming ideas and practices on the fringe began taking hold, being embraced in traditional areas. Business was booming. The organization PASSA (Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture ) formed. Dave was working as a reporter for “Lancaster Farming Newspaper” as well as cleaning up and maintaining his own farm and playing music when he could.

 

His reporting job could often be accomplished by going out into the field then sending his stories into the office, while not having a long commute ahead of him each day, and that provided him with some extra music time. On the weekends, he’d play open-mikes in Hanover and surrounding areas and with some pick-up bands.

 

LeFever describes himself as a late bloomer... The point in time Dave recalls changing his views on music occurred in 1994 when Katrina gave him the album Johnny Cash “American Recordings” described thusly:

 

“Cash stunned the music world with this commanding collection of 13 solo acoustic performances that roll from gospel to cowboy to sarcastic folk. Minimalism had long been Cash's meal ticket, but this time around, producer Rick Rubin stripped it all away, recording the bulk of the record in Cash's cabin or his own living room (two cuts were captured live at the Viper Room in front of an emphatic audience). Cash offers five typically direct and vivid originals, but he also seizes control of songs by Kris Kristofferson, Nick Lowe, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, and Loudon Wainwright. Forty years after "Hey Porter," Cash delivers a pure, naked, and incredibly moving record that, dare we say, rivals the impact of his greatest achievements. --Marc Greilsamer

 

The sounds resonated with Dave- pushing him to spend more time on his music. Up until that point, Dave could not conceive of a life- his life - n pursuit of creative endeavors. Kicking the idea around in his head for a bit... Dave knew what he’d been taught... and felt a pull in the opposite direction. “There was an ache in me, but with my background,” Dave said, “ I couldn’t hope to be involved in creative pursuits. It was such a foreign idea”.

 

1996 when Dave’s job changed to Editor of “Lancaster Farming Newspaper” and his daily commute from Hanover to Ephrata turned out to be an hour and a half each way, things needed to change. He and Katrina sold the farm and moved to Akron where they live today with their son, Eli, 7.

 

Dave’s first “fully flushed” song titled “Rockabilly Morning” followed his exuberance after taking his taxes to the post office in Lancaster to be mailed, leaving and realizing he still had some money left over! Everything came together at once- the lyrics; the chord progression. It was inevitable, this writer added tunes to own words.

 

Dave’s first actual (and only) band, The Cultivators, came together after an open-mike here at infamous The Shamrock Cafe. Good things can happen at The Shamrock, the 300 block of West Walnut Street’s most famous bar. Besides Dave (guitar, vocals), other Cutivator band members initially included: Sharyn Lesher (snare & vocals); Jeff Bryson (mandolin, vocals).

 

Because I haven't been in the place in some time, as memory serves me, this description of The Shamrock suits it well- Citysearch review online: “Highly Recommended if your looking for: gambling, change from begging, a fight, illegal-substances, an un-irish atmosphere, undercover police officers, a "lady of the night", and/or eye furrowing signs that hang on the wall "will the last american leaving miami please bring the flag." Cheap beer and alcoholics make this place a gem to visit if your feeling suicidal, angry, or just plain crazy.”

 

The Cultivators changed members to include: Dave, Mike Yesconis (mandolin, fiddle, guitar) Berks County; Josh Cusatis (bass) Berks County. Although The Cultivators broke up in June of 2011 when they were “this close” to releasing an album, they’ve recently decided to pursue releasing the album titled, “Warm and Breathing” post-breakup. A work LeFever describes as “Low-Fi and Soupy” (in a positive way!). The band was featured on Gene Shea WXPN Live where they performed 3-4 original tunes.

 

I don’t think Dave would say this out loud, but in writing he’s described himself as a "Rootsy singer/songwriter with latent shindig impulses," playing with a few friends.

 

When asked what the overall costs of his soon-to-be-released solo album was, he replied, " “The cost of a decent, used car.” March 1st 2012 Dave is in Philadelphia with his producer to get the final master. The solo album process began in July of 2011.

 

Dave deferred the costs of the album in two ways.

First- he raised funds via www.kickstarter.com/,

the “largest funding platform for creative projects.” Here you pitch an idea, run a campaign to raise funds... if you don’t meet your targeted goal, you get nothing. Dave’s goal of $2400 was reached.

 

On kickstarter, incentives for financial donors vary- but mostly involve promotion of the finished product or cd pre-sales to small in-home concerts - to the promise of a private recording of any song a donor chose. As it turns out, the top donor picked a song written by Steve Chambers (another Music Maker of Lancaster and friend of Dave's) The title “Vendetta” a tune about growing up in the country and exposure to a more worldly environment and ... the pull of the artistic will be performed and recorded by Dave and Steve who began practicing the song together this week and who met years ago painting houses together as their “day jobs”.

 

The second way Dave helped defer some costs of recording his solo album? Using some carpentry skills, he helped build the soundproof booth in a Marietta studio where he’d be recording. The process gave him both an opportunity to work more closely with the producer in another way prior to recording and to actually construct part of the place where he’d be singing.

 

Some songs on Dave’s album: “Banks of the River”, “Travel Far”, “Lame Dogs”, “Mr Kern” ( after a school bus driver he knew).was one of the first songs he ever wrote, 15 years ago. LeFever described liking the “arc” of his album from a “dark place” to “moving towards the light”. As with most projects close to the heart, Dave has mixed feelings of enthusiasm (the stronger of the two emotions) about releasing his album and apprehension about putting a work so personal out there to the public. When asked about the sound quality of his album, Dave said he wanted to keep the rootsy elements and not have his work sound “too pretty.”

 

When asked about his music goals, LeFever admits he likes to play beyond Lancaster because he thinks our community can become over-saturated by hearing the same band and he dislikes the idea of “wearing people out” with his music. The idea of touring beyond Pennsylvania sounds interesting to Dave, but recognizing the strain it can put on families. He mentioned an organized travel support system program in Canada which provides a network of homelike environments where musicians and their families can stay while touring. As most of us can guess, money worries abound in the arts...

 

Dave professed gratitude for other music makers he meets here and when he’s traveled. Just as he's finishing his album, he was introduced to Birthe Myers, a Dutch national who traveled here in the late 1950s and is collaborating with Dave to write music and sing her poetry making it into song. “If the only music I had was from people I know", Dave said, " I’d be pretty well off.”

 

*** Update 1/20/13: Dave continued to branch out and work on new projects and with old and new acquaintences - Curious Kin & Jake Lewis and duos with Sharyn Lesher performed at The Lancaster Dispensing Company recently, as well as a permutation of the above musicians at Stoudt's Brewery. Come catch a 3 songwriter show this Friday January 25th 9:15 at McLeary's in Marietta w/Olds Sleeper & Thomas Roue. I'll add links when I can- my computer is slow as molasses and the sun's shining outside, so...

 

To learn more about Music Makers of Lancaster, please go to: www.flickr.com/groups/musicmakerprofiles/

Girls team in a tug of war during Midsummer celebrations at Ängsholmsbadet in Täby.

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

Midsummer celebrations at Rönnibge by in Täby,

 

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

 

Taken in Tokyo during the 2015 O-Edo Kagurazaka Street Stage Tour.

 

This iori-uta style of music and singing is from the Johana area of Nanto city in Toyama Prefecture. It is performed at the annual Hikiyama Festival, which is a 300 year-old tradition that originated in the Edo Period. The festival has been certified an Intangible Cultural Property by the Japanese government. It is my understanding that these performers made the trip from Toyama just for this two day festival in the Kagurazaka area of Tokyo.

Ali Qapu (Persian: عالی‌ قاپو‎, ‘Ālī Qāpū) is a grand palace in Isfahan, Iran. It is located on the western side of the Naqsh e Jahan Square, opposite to Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and had been originally designed as a vast portal. It is forty-eight meters high and there are six floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase. In the sixth floor, Music Hall, deep circular niches are found in the walls, having not only aesthetic value, but also acoustic.

The name Ali Qapu, from Persian ‘Ālī (meaning "imperial" or "great"), and Azerbaijani Qāpū (meaning "gate"), was given to this place as it was right at the entrance to the Safavid palaces which stretched from the Naqsh e Jahan Square to the Chahar Baq Boulevard. The building, another wonderful Safavid edifice, was built by decree of Shah Abbas I in the early seventeenth century. It was here that the great monarch used to entertain noble visitors, and foreign ambassadors. Shah Abbas, here for the first time, celebrated the Nowruz (Iranian New Year) of 1006 AH / 1597 C.E.

On the sixth floor, the royal reception and banquets were held. The largest rooms are found on this floor. The stucco decoration of the banquet hall abounds in motif of various vessels and cups.

The sixth floor was popularly called the Music Hall. Here various ensembles performed music and sang songs.

 

source - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C4%80l%C4%AB_Q%C4%81p%C5%AB

 

Isfahan, Iran, 2017

 

International Olsztyn Folklore Days is a magical festival of dance, music and singing cultivating and disseminating achievements of the intangible cultural heritage many nationalities.

This is an event whose idea is to bring the community of our region closer to you . This year's participants of the Folklore Days are folk bands from Benin, Cyprus, Ireland, Indonesia, Canada, Macedonia, Mexico, Peru, Serbia, Hungary, as well as teams from Poland .

 

Lens - Nikkor 18 - 105 mm f/3.5 - 5.6G ED VR with Hoya UV Fusion Antistatic Hmc Filter .

A girl with a Midsummer wreath taking part in the traditional celebrations at Rönninge by in Täby.

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 June and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year)which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillows in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

 

A colourful beauty spotted during Midsummer celebrations at Ängsholmsbadet in Täby.

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Dressing and elevating a maypole and dancing around it is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

Midsummer is celebrated all over Sweden with dancing around the Maypole and with all sorts of games, such as a friendly tug-of-war in this photo from Ängsholmsbadet in Täby.

 

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

 

I was learning how to play an alto recorder when this shot was taken at camp.

 

I learned how to play so many instruments there, as well as how to sing about a million songs. I also learned how to play music and sing with others.

 

The most important thing I learned was about being in a community that told stories around the campfire, and came together in song. This was something that our ancestors knew very well, but is so lost in the modern world to so many.

 

I discovered that being a musician was who I was and am in my soul, and not what I do....

 

(taken at Killooleet))

He sells roasted chestnuts and fruits in Petaling Street (China Town) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He always wear striking color clothes with matching shoes. When no customer, he will play loud music and sing along...or sometimes he will practice kung-fu on the street :P

(Fujifilm GF670 / Kodak Portra 400NC)

Just a quick snap on iPhone, You gotta love that smile.

 

Been tagged so I've gotta list 10 facts about me.

  

1)I love my kids and partner more than I love anything else

2) I love music and sing alot even though i sound like a cat in pain

3) I support Arsenal FC and am a season ticket holder

4) I am still very much a child

5) I eat to much

6) I am a bit of a joker and have some old phone wind ups on youtube

7) My favorite memories as a child was my time spent in Newquay in Cornwall playing hide and seek with all the family (about 40 of us)

8) I am a Gemini

9) I cant read books but can read the internet for hours and hours

10) My favorite colour is red

  

I have to tagged ten people so I apologise now!!!

Hello.

I have been in France in a small village called Taizé this past week.

I brought my camera but I realized when I was there that I had left my battery at home, that meant that I couldn't take photos while I was there. So my project will be pushed 9 days now.

 

My week in France was fantastic.

I spent 72 hours on a bus with 40 other people. I sat at the very front on the second floor and had the most amazing view all the way there and home.

We listened to music, played games, watched at least 10 movies, talked, sang and ate and tried to sleep. It was hard.

The bus trip was amazing itself and we had so many wonderful moments, it would take so long to write it all down.

 

In Taizé we had so much fun even though we had to get up at 7 in the morning every day, shower in dirty showers, put on make up in a crowded bathroom, clean the toilets, serve food, eat disgusting food, hang with annoying people, go to church 3 times every day, spend 10 minutes in silence at every service, go to bible studies and more.

It doesn't sound very good but as I wrote, it really was. The environment was beautiful, I got to know a lot of people and I got a bunch new friends. I kissed a boy goodnight.

We spent the nights listening to music and singing swedish songs with hundreds of other swedes. We sat in the sun drinking hot chocolate and smoking cigarettes, people fell in love and people cried. There were many tearful goodbyes. I am going to miss the people I got to know who live far away and near, I am going to miss the warmth and the environment. I am going to miss the mood, the way you feel like you can say anything to anyone.

It was a very inspiring an giving trip.

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Explore FrontPage Nov 27, 2009

EXPLORED Nov 27, 2009

 

I met this couple on Houston Heights Boulevard...

They are students from UH; he is American, she is from Finland.

Music makes their love story: she writes lirics, he creates music and sings...

 

Thanks for all your support, my dear friends!

Спасибо за поддержку, мои дорогие друзья!

 

Bigger is better

Saw the preview of Theatre de la Jeune Lune's production of "Figaro" at Berkeley Rep. A fun romp that combined Mozart's "Marriage of Figaro" with a play that's like a clown show by Beckett. The music AND singing were fantastic. Brilliant staging. That's a real-time projection of Rosina while she sang her lament. Opens April 30. Catch it if you can: www.berkeleyrep.org/season/0708/2246.asp

International Olsztyn Folklore Days is a magical festival of dance, music and singing cultivating and disseminating achievements of the intangible cultural heritage many nationalities.

This is an event whose idea is to bring the community of our region closer to you . This year's participants of the Folklore Days are folk bands from Benin, Cyprus, Ireland, Indonesia, Canada, Macedonia, Mexico, Peru, Serbia, Hungary, as well as teams from Poland .

 

Lens - Nikkor 18 - 105 mm f/3.5 - 5.6G ED VR with Hoya UV Fusion Antistatic Hmc Filter .

A beautiful woman celebrating Midsummer at Ängsholmsbadet in Täby.

 

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Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

Close your eyes and fly up high, soar above the clouds and float gently in the breeze, dreaming of adventures far below. Join us for a birds’ eye view amongst multi-coloured balloons and brollies in this magical and touching show, full of laughter and the unexpected, as we journey into the enchanting world of a child’s imagination.

 

Featuring a cast of 12 with live music and singing throughout, Up, Up and Away continues Half Moon’s on-going collaboration with Rose Bruford, one of the UK’s leading university drama schools, following last year’s hugely popular Colour.

 

Find out more at www.halfmoon.org.uk/events/up-up-and-away

I saw Jah'Nai on a San Francisco bus to the Richmond District. She was listening to music and singing along to her headphones.

abbesses

 

jovial music and singing + spontaneous audience participation = the opposite to monday morning metro moments

India and Rajashstan throw up many delights and wonders, none more so than the music and singing of this man. You should have seen his dance moves as well!

Women taking part in a tug of war during Midsummer celebrations at Ängsholmsbadet in Täby.

 

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

A man is playing some music and singing a song. Here seen with Lake Savan in the background. He seems to really e one with the music.

 

This was shot in the spring of 2013 on a week-long trip around the Caucasus - in this case Armenia.

 

You can see other images from Armenia in my Armenia set.

 

This is a copyrighted image with all rights reserved and may not be reproduced, transmitted, copied or used in any way without the written permission from the photographer.

Stage design

 

The Legend of the Red Lantern (Chinese: 红灯记; pinyin: hóng dēng jì) is one of the Eight model plays, the only operas and ballets permitted during the Cultural Revolution in China. The official version was that of a Beijing Opera. It was additionally adapted to a piano-accompanied cantata by pianist Yin Chengzong, formed by a cycle of arias extracted from the opera itself.

According to Lu Xing, all of the model operas are permeated with hatred, specifically, directed towards 'class enemies', who were cast as 'cruel', 'oppressive', and 'evil'.

The play is based on a movie titled There Will be Followers (自有后来人) made in 1963, which is based a novel titled There Will be Followers of Revolution (革命自有后来人) by Qian Daoyuan (钱道源) first published in 1958. The novel in turn, is based on a true story of communist undercover agents working at a Huicui (辉崔) railway station in Hulin fighting the Japanese invaders during the Second Sino-Japanese War.

 

The play concentrated on the exploits of the communist underground activities under Japanese occupation in 1939, though history traces back in the 1920s.

When Li Yuhe, a railroad worker who was engaging in underground work, was taken away by special agents and Grandma Li has a premonition of being arrested, Grandma tells the protagonist, Li Tiemei the true story about her family. Grandma Li tells Li Tiemei how her parents have sacrificed their lives in the revolutionary struggle. Li Yuhe has taken up the unfulfilled task of the martyrs. After hearing the heroic story about her family, Li Tiemei is determined to follow the example of her father and carry the revolution through to the end.

All three of the young women protagonists in the story express "extreme anger and hatred toward their enemies," according to Lu Xing's analysis, along with "a fierce determination to join the revolutionary force." These emotions intensified through the course of the opera as the music and singing became more and more passionate.

I'm Selena Whalen, and in that first challenge of the VSS, besides the categories that were chosen, they were also chosen to tell me a bit about Selena Whalen. Well I'm a very sure girl of herself, there's something that can be considered quality or defect ... I always think first of others than of myself. I really like, very much of music and singing, it's something that makes me very ... When I start to listen like my songs, I go on a trip my mind is gone. I really like animas and drawing sketches and fashion, I really like the work of model is something that makes me very happy to do? I like all people, I'm not perfect, I have many defects ... I'm very, very, very paranoid and anxious and I'm also a perfectionist. What is it that I feel very, very happy and prestigious for having this opportunity to be without VSS, and for that reason I'm going to make the most of this opportunity

 

Bands and choirs from several provences came together at Prairie for the ACSI musicale on Thursday and Friday. I was asked to be a chaperone for the day and was suppose to make sure everybody knew where they were going at what time and help with anything and everything. I was so glad I was mainly helping the senior high choir who seemed to be pretty self sufficient because despite the schedule in my hand I mostly felt lost and clueless. The music and singing was great!

7 DOS - happy place

 

I love music and singing but I am not a musician or a singer. When I came up with the idea for today's image it really looked different in my head. I didn't have a big enough space to make the image I envisioned so this one sort of evolved. I created a cover for my lens and used a punch to create the music note bokeh and hung some lights. I am a little self conscious about the results but have run out of time to work on it for today.

While walking around the outskirts of Rishikesh, I stumbled upon a street performance in a narrow square. It was very crowded, loud, with music and singing. It sounded conjuring and fascinating! It had to be a kid that was singing, so I tried to get a view over the audience.

 

To my surprise I saw that it was an acrobatic show performed by two young girls, while a group of men played traditional instruments, sitting in a half-circle. The youngest girl could not have been more than 7-8 years old.

 

As if in some kind of trance. I shot a few frames from distance, but suddenly felt the urge to leave the scene quickly. I might first have been attracted towards this strange and exotic atmosphere, but my heart knew that those girls were used as child labor... I swiftly turned around next corner, and there stood the youngest girl from the perfomance right in front of me!

 

The music and the show was still going on behind. She must have ran around the block in less than 15 seconds. And how did she spot me while she performed? There we stood. We gazed at eachother. I smiled of course, I always do to kids. She looked up to me with a stare that touched me deeply. I first thought she wanted money, and even if it is strongly against my personal values to support this kind of business, I could not have denied this girl a rupi-bill at that moment. I would prefer to take them both to a theme park and then to a restaurant, but I knew it was impossible in this situation, so instead I reached for my pocket. But she gestured "no", and pointed at my camera. The result you can see above. She might look older, but I can assure you she was extremely tiny and thin. And those eyes! A revealed sadness. I could see a deep melancoly in her stare. As if someone had stolen her childhood away...

 

Suddenly one of her bosses shouted her back, and she was gone in an instant.

  

(if you want more of my personal reflections, read in my comment below)

 

Rishikesh, India, 2006...

 

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All rights reserved.

Why Great Britain?

 

I have had to take into consideration a lot before deciding where to study. Since I value a lot the high academic level, the free access to updated facilities and the reputation of a university, I have concluded that Great Britain is my destination. Studying abroad not only is an excellent opportunity to test how far I can go in my career but also a chance to meet new people and interesting places. UK has the biggest music industry worldwide and the opportunities can be countless.

 

Aims for the future.

 

After graduating I aspire to become a well-known vocalist that can offer a lot in today’s music and singing styles. Going on tours, releasing new songs and participating in concerts and festivals are what I dream of living, and I am willing to fight for it as much as I can! Through my journey I aspire to inspire more and more people every day to follow their path and love music as much as I do!

  

A friendly tug of war - the ladies winning team.

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

These fantastic paintings are made on ceiling of round stairs of Ali Qapu building, a small castle located at Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran.

 

LARGE On Black

 

Sent to the project Persian Ceilings (Zire saghf-haye Irani)

 

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Ālī Qāpū (Turkish for Sublime Gate; Persian: عالیقاپو) is a grand palace in Isfahan, Iran. It is located on the western side of the Naghsh-i Jahan Square opposite to Sheikh lotf allah mosque, and had been originally designed as a vast portal. It is forty-eight meters high and there are seven floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase. In the sixth floor music room, deep circular niches are found in the walls, having not only aesthetic value, but also acoustic.

 

The name Ālī Qāpū, Turkish for "high gate", was given to this place as it was right at the entrance to the Safavid palaces which stretched from the Maidan Naqsh-i-Jahan to the Chahār Bāgh Boulevard. The building, another wonderful Safavid edifice, was built by decree of Shah Abbas the Great in the early seventeenth century. It was here that the great monarch used to entertain noble visitors, and foreign ambassadors. Shah Abbas, here for the first time celebrated the Now - ruz (New Year's Day) of 1006 AH / 1597 A.D. A large and massive rectangular structure, the Ālī Qāpū is 48 meters high and has six floors, fronted with a wide terrace whose ceiling is inlaid and supported by wooden columns.

Interior architecture

Interior architecture

 

Ālī Qāpū is rich in naturalistic wall paintings by Reza Abbassi, the court painter of Shah Abbas I, and his pupils. There are floral, animal, and bird motifs. The highly ornamented doors and windows of the palace have almost all been pillaged at times of social anarchy. Only one window on the third floor has escaped the ravages of time. Ālī Qāpū was repaired and restored substantially during the reign of Shah Sultan Hussein, the last Safavid ruler, but fell into a dreadful state of dilapidation again during the short reign of invading Afghans. under the Qajar Nasir al-Din shah's reign (1848-96), the Safavid cornices and floral tiles above the portal were replaced by tiles bearing inscriptions.

 

Shah Abbas II was enthusiastic about the embellishment and perfection of Ālī Qāpū. His chief contribution was given to the magnificent hall, the constructures on the third floor. The 18 columns of the hall are covered with mirrors and its ceiling is decorated with great paintings.

 

The chancellery was stationed on the first floor. On the sixth, the royal reception and banquets were held. The largest rooms are found on this floor. The stucco decoration of the banquet hall abounds in motif of various vessels and cups. The sixth floor was popularly called (the music room).

 

Here various ensembles performed music and sang songs. From the upper galleries, the Safavid ruler watched polo, maneuvers and the horse-racing opposite the square of Naqsh-i-Jahan.

 

Source: WikiPedia

 

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Added to Flickr Explore (interestingness) page of 3 September 2007.

In Greek mythology, the Sirens were dangerous creatures, who lured nearby sailors with their enchanting music and singing voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island. Roman poets placed them on some small islands called Sirenum scopuli.

 

Thanks to the following for use of stock.

 

Red Hair: faestock

White Hair: MariaAmanda

Black Hair: CathleenTarawhiti

Boats: coolzero2a

Rocks: coolzero2a

Ferns: annamae22

Chest: coolzero2

Gold: modblackmoon

Lightning: MaureenOlder

Coral: WandaRocket

A woman with a flower wreath on her head during Midsummer celebrations at Ängsholmsbadet in Täby.

 

Midsummer's Eve celebration is one of the biggest festivities in Sweden with roots in pagan times and is seen as a festival for the whole family. It occurs on a Friday between 19 and 25 of June. Earlier it was always celebrated on the day of the summer solstice (the longest day of the year) which occurs on the 20th or 21st of June.

Raising and dancing around a maypole is the main attraction. Before the maypole is raised, greens and flowers are collected and used to cover the entire pole. People dance around the pole, listen to traditional music and sing songs. Some participants wear traditional folk costumes, which vary from one local comminity to another. Many women and some men wear crowns made of wildflowers on their heads. The year's first potatoes and the first strawberries are served at parties. Drinking songs (Snapsvisor) are also important at this feast, and many drink heavily.

After the dance around the Maypole, there is also ordinary dancing outdooors or inside barns. In the archipelagos and by lakes it is common to arrange dancing on jetties.

Because summer solstice was thought to be one of the times of the year when magic was strongest, it was considered a good night to perform rituals to look into the future. Traditionally girls and women pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse. In the past it was believed that herbs picked at Midsummer were highly potent, and water from springs could bring good health.

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