So, Wednesday was summer solstice, the longest day of the year. And Saturday is Juhannus (= Midsummer), when we celebrate everything that makes summer so special in Finland: the midnight sun and ‘the nightless nights’ (in Helsinki sunrise is at 3.53 am and sunset at 10.52 pm on 24 June: in Northern Finland the sun does not set at all).
So, how do you celebrate Midsummer, then?
Well, there are bonfires by the sea/lake, music festivals and special events with singing and dancing.
Although, walking around the rather empty city streets you might be hard pressed to guess this is one of the biggest celebrations of the year. That’s because most people celebrate Midsummer in the countryside.
In the past Midsummer was a night for magic and spells. Today it often marks the start of summer holiday. It is the time to relax and catch up with friends and family. Or just sit quietly, watching the bonfires reflected in the water…
Hyvää juhannusta! / Happy Midsummer!
dress: Oysho / cardigan: Soyaconcept (old) / shoes: Clarks (old) /
bag: Lancel (old) / sunglasses: Marc Jacobs
location: Sirpalesaari, Helsinki
How do you celebrate Midsummer?
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