Today it is Midsummer day 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.
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.
Yesterday I took this picture of chamomile on a walk in a sunny Helsinki. I intended to include it in my customary midsummer bouquet but forgot this flower when I counted to seven flowers in my bouquet.
Glad midsommar! Glad Sankt Hans! Hyvää Juhannusta! Happy Midsummer