Glad midsommar! – Glad Sankt Hans! – Hyvää Juhannusta! – Happy Midsummer! 2019

Today it is Midsummer Eve in Sweden and Finland. Midsummer is the longest day of the year and is celebrated in Sweden and parts of Finland by raising maypoles dressed with leaves and flowers. Otherwise most of Finland celebrate midsummer with big fires. Nowadays midsummer eve is of course celebrated on the nearest friday in the week to the 21st of June, which means that this year midsummer eve actually is on the right day.  Tomorrow will be midsummer day and everybody will be resting after eating, drinking and dancing around the maypole singing about “Small frogs”.

The midsummer day is connected to Johannes Döparen / John the Baptist and in Denmark and Norway Sankt Hans’ Day is celebrated. In Finland it is called Johannus.

Please enjoy my midsummer bouquet! One was supposed to pick seven or nine flowers during silence in the meadows and put them under the pillow, then you would dream of the one you would marry.

am spending midsummer in Helsinki in Finland so I can’t take pictures in my garden like I usually do. Instead I have taken pictures of flowers by the side of the road on walks in Helsinki today. It is warm and sunny today in Helsinki.

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Glad midsommar! Glad Sankt Hans! Hyvää Juhannusta! Happy Midsummer