Midsummer celebration in Scandinavia June 19 2015

In Scandinavia this weekend is one of the most important celebrations of the year - Midsummer - you can imagine how in countries where we get just a few months of sunlight in a year this never-ending day can be of an importance. Summer solstice is the longest day of the year and has very ancient roots in pre-Christian times. Originally it was a fertility festival with many customs and rituals associated with nature and with the hope for a good harvest the coming fall/autumn. The magic of Midsummer include in many Scandinavian countries flower wreaths and garlands, bonfires, future telling (especially about the future spouse) and traditions stem from pagan times, showing the defeat of darkness to the powers of the sun. Traditionally the celebration goes hand in hand with good food, tipically new potatoes and herring or smoked fish, with some schnapps and beer. I gathered here some images of Juhannus - although this year it seems quite cold and rainy, in my mind all the Midsummers in Finland are like this!

Have a lovely Midsummer weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

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