Daldans, a Swedish folk dance, is pictured on this postcard. In this view, women are kneeling in a row on the ground, and men are lifting their legs over them. It may look like a silly pose on the postcard, but this particular part of the dance is one of the highlights. In the video below, this action occurs at 1:37 to 1:59.
This postcard was mailed in 1914 from Sweden to Minnesota, U.S.A. with a message written in Swedish. The card is imprinted with the greeting GLAD PINGST!, which translates as Happy Pentecost or Whit Sunday. Pentecost means "fiftieth day" and is celebrated fifty days, or seven Sundays, after Easter.
Whit Sunday, or Pentecost, celebrates the visit of the Holy Spirit upon Christ's disciples. Whit Sunday is traditionally a day for picnicking. Swedes also decorate their homes with bouquets and leafy branches, although the custom is not as widespread as at Midsummer. (source).
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