Sweden Day

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Sweden Day is a Midsummer celebration honoring Swedish heritage and history which has been held annually in New York City since 1941.[1] The Sweden Day Committee of greater New York sponsors the annual Sweden Day. This traditional event occurs during the summer solstice at the scenic Manhem Club, on the sound in Throggs Neck, New York. This festival of the summer solstice features the raising of the maypole (Swedish: majstång or midsommarstång), traditional food, music, folk dancing, games, prizes and camaraderie. Each year one or more persons or organizations are honored for having made a significant contribution or having made outstanding achievements within the Swedish American community. Key events include the selection of the annual Miss Sweden Day Contest and Sweden Day Man of the Year. In Sweden, Midsummer's Eve and Midsummer's Day (Swedish: Midsommarafton and Midsommardagen) are traditionally celebrated from the eve of the Friday between the week of June 19–25. The event is considered to be one of the most important holiday of the year and one of the most uniquely Swedish in the way in which it is celebrated.[2]


  1. ^ Swedish Events (Swede 'n Stuff) http://www.swedenstuff.com/events.htm
  2. ^ Midsummer in Sweden (by Po Tidholm Swedish Institute) http://www.sweden.se/eng/Home/Lifestyle/Traditions/Celebrating-the-Swedish-way/Midsummer/

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Holidays in Sweden