midsummer 2011

June 22, 2011 8:11 p.m

This stunning view from our back deck is the closest reminder for me this year of the midsummer bonfires and celebrations which we experienced long ago in Denmark, Sweden and Finland on a trip with our young family. Though the solstice occurred a few nights ago, in practice the actual celebrations can vary around the days closer to or on the weekend. Many Finns, for example, head out to their cottages at this time, often to begin their long summer vacation. Ah, those white nights…

Last weekend we introduced the Midsummer Festival at the Scandinavian Centre to our “English” daughter and granddaughters who are here for the summer. For some reason, I enjoyed our visit two years ago much more, but this was fun for the kids and even Elisa wrote about it – do read!

Being a favourite time of nostalgia for the Finn in me, I’ve written so many midsummer posts over my years of blogging that I won’t repeat myself, but if you are new here and interested, here they are in addition to the above links – enjoy:

summer solstice 2004
midsummer dreams 2006
solstice memories 2007
white nights 2008
the longest day 2010

Happy Midsummer’s or Midwinter, dear readers. May the season ahead be a good one for you.

June 24, 2011 in Culture, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric by Marja-Leena