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How Midsummer is celebrated in Scandinavia

Photo: Jörg Rittmeister, Wikimedia Commons, Licence CC 3.0

Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

Midsummer (22 June) is the main family summer holiday in all the Nordic countries.

Sweden. The one of the mandatory attributes of celebrating the Midsummer is a maypole decorated with wreaths (all the people dance around it and play in different games, dancing) Another one hoiday attraction is a bonfire.

Norway. The mandatory holiday attributes are the same as in Sweden. Midsummer Day is very popular among the young people. From the book by Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder "Sophie's World": "There was something in the air. It was Midsummer Eve”. By the way, (24 June) Midsummer Eve in Norway is called "Jonsok".

Finland. Of course, a maypole and a bonfire are required. In this period of time kayaking, hiking, sea cruises and the famous sauna are also very popular in Suomi. Some people spend this holiday in a retro style, others prefer a modern way of celebrating such as hot parties or casino.

Denmark. In Midsummer tjme The Danes also celebrate St. John's Eve (23 June). The key moments of the celebration are singing folk songs such as "We Love Our Country» and burning the straw men of witches.

3 комментария:

  1. Очень люблю этот праздник. Если собираетесь в страны Скандинавии, Финляндию, Эстонию, Латвию в это время, нужно обязательно его посетить.

  2. I would love to celebrate Midsummer in Scandinavia one day!


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