Midsummer celebration is a public holiday in the land of Suomi (Finland) it is locally know as the Juhannus celebration. By tradition it is a bonfire evening, where local organizers will make an effort to build an arrangement of dry wood, sticks, aged timber and dry foliage for a large bonfire. Usually the bonfires are held at the lakeside, on the seashores and sometimes a raft is build where the bonfires is placed on a floating raft on a lake.
New life in the Natural environment.
In many ways the Midsummer celebration is recognition of the natural environment and the uniqueness of the new spring and summer life in the natural environment, in a way re-connecting human soul to back to Nature, or at least giving recognition to Nature for the continues contribution to human survival and happiness. It uses symbols like the fresh birch tree branches and flowers. The branches fresh green are gathered and placed outside the doors of a house and also indoors in water flower vases.
Long tradition in the Nordic countries of the Midsummer celebration and the phenomena of life.
The Midsummer celebrations have a long history in Finland with the early cultural and indigenous pioneers of the Finland region. Before 1316, the summer solstice was called ukko’s celebration (Ukon juhla) after the mythical folklore god named Ukko. In the Karelian tradition numerous bonfires were burned side by side, the biggest of which was called Ukko-kokko (the bonfire of Ukko). After the celebrations were Christianized, the holiday became known as Juhannus after John the Baptist. The term “ukko” is also used and synonymous with a description of an elderly man. The clap on thunder in a thunderstorm in Finland is also called “Ukko-nen”, it alludes to the mythology that the clap of thunder is the voice of the god Ukko.
Summer solstice of the northern hemisphere.
Midsummer celebration also known as St John’s Day, is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the Northern European Midsummer celebration that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 21 and June 25 and the preceding evening.
Midsummer celebration is unique in the Northern hemisphere and in Finland; it is the contrast of the long cold dark winter that brings out the unique quality of a pleasant weather summer day without the darkness of the night time, continues warm day light and the energy of the dynamic natural environment buzz with continues sounds of the singing birds and the fragrance of the natural environment.
Traditional Juhannus celebrations in Suomi.
Juhannus is a well celebrated holiday weekend where most people will go to the rural areas and cottages by the lake side or visit their parents and relatives to socialize and share meals and drinks while watching the midsummer bonfire.
Summer solstice and sauna.
Another tradition in land of Suomi is to celebrate the Juhannus sauna, with a fresh vihta made from the new season birch tree branches. The sharing a hot steaming sauna with friends by the lake side and a new summer season vihta, grilled sausages and a beer or two and other BBQ type outdoors table food is really the atmosphere that most people at the Juhannus celebrate will aim for, it is really the essence of celebrating and being close to mid summer festival in the traditional Suomi cultural family atmosphere and close to the natural environment. Family weekend and time with friends spent together celebrating the mid summer festival.
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