Midsummer Eve

Midsummer Eve Quick Facts - FI

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2023 Date23 June 2023
2024 Date21 June 2024
Midsummer Eve

Midsummer Eve History

Midsummer is a celebration of the shortest night day and longest day of the year. In the northern hemisphere, this is a time for celebration as their northern position means that come the winter solstice, they will be without sunlight. At this holiday, the sun does not set in some of the most northerly parts. The celebration has Pagan origins and encompasses fertility rituals. Before celebrating Scandinavian’s take time to clean their houses and decorate them with flowers and other plants. Traditional food is served and the weekend is full of outdoor parties.

This holiday is observed on a Saturday between the 20th and 26th of June. Midsummer Eve is on June 24.

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Midsummer Eve Facts & Quotes

  • Certain trees hold significance. Branches form birch trees are placed around the entrance to buildings to welcome visitors.
  • Bonfires are very popular, the ideal location is by a lake or the sea as the holiday is strongly related to the natural rhythms of life.
  • Midsummer is the longest day in Finland. In Helsinki the sun sets at 10:50pm on Midsummer’s Eve and rises at 3:56am on Midsummer’s Day.
  • Polar days are when nights are short and light, as Finland extends into the Arctic Circle there are parts that do not have night for several days.
  • On The Summer Solstice ... Whatever is dreamed on this night, will come to pass. - William Shakespeare

Midsummer Eve Top Events and Things to Do

  • Visit the countryside to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights and escape the busy city life.
  • Spend some time with friends and family, Midsummer Eve marks the beginning of the summer holidays for many Finnish people. A more relaxed way of life takes hold during the period.
  • Prepare some dishes for the feast tomorrow. Salted fish, as well as fresh fish like salmon, rainbow trout and Baltic herring are abundant during the summer. All kinds of cooking methods are used, usually served with potatoes and dill.
  • Listen to heavy metal. Finland produces more heavy metal than most countries of its size. Bands will be playing throughout Midsummer. Gigs are often held on Midsummer Eve. Well-known bands such as HIM, Nightwish or Amoprhis might be playing.
  • Light a bonfire. Fires were burnt in the old times to banish evil spirits and bad fortune.

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