Juhannus – ミッドサマー フェスティバル – Midsummer Festival





それではみなさん、Happy Juhannus!!


Juhannuskokko - Midsummer Bonfire

Juhannuskokko – Midsummer Bonfire

Some of you may have noticed my previous blog post about the weather conditions in Finland right now (it’s snowing!), even though it’s Juhannus (Midsummer Festival) tomorrow! All in all, I thought that I should write a post about our Juhannus traditions in general, things that we normally do on this special day.

Juhannus is a celebration for white nights or nightless nights, when the sun does not set at all for the whole night. We celebrate it every year when the sun is at its highest point – officially Juhannus falls on a Saturday between 20 June to 26 June (so this year Juhannus is this coming weekend).

Juhannus is full of magic! Traditionally we Finns escape from cities to the country, to our summer cottages by a lake. And we swim, go to sauna, do some fishing and barbequing, and drink some beer! And we lit bonfires, Juhannuskokko’s, to keep the bad spirits away. Ancients Finns used to believe that when sun was at it’s highest, the spirits started getting restless, and therefore it was important to light fires and to make a lot of noise to keep the bad spirits away. That’s why Juhannus is typically a very loud festival.

At Juhannus (Midsummer) night, Finns do all kinds of spells to see the how successful the future crop will be or to see the face of one’s future spouse. One of the most famous Juhannustaika (Midsummer Spell) is to collect seven different flowers and to place them under one’s pillow. Then the face of one’s future fiancée will appear in a dream. Another famous spell is to look down on a well, or the surface of a lake or a pond (preferably without any clothes on), and in the reflection you will see your future fiancee’s face. Ladies can also see one’s future husband’s face by wearing a sock on one’s left leg upside down while sleeping.

Happy Juhannus, everybody!

Sources: Wikipedia, various other Internet sources
Pictures: Wikipedia Creative Commons, Tunturisusi