Marja-Leena Rathje
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solstice 2012


Reading these words about the annual Juhannus/Midsummer Fest and summer holidays in Finland always make me long to be there:

...the country tends to go on holiday from the Midsummer or Juhannus weekend and Finland is more or less "closed" for the duration. ... enjoy the fleeting Finnish summer in peace, eat lots of strawberries, leap into lakes from cottage saunas after a gentle whipping with a birch vihta, go to the festivals large and small that dot the length and breadth of the country, and to return refreshed in late July and August.


I was awake very early this morning, the start of a gorgeous sunny day. It was for me surprisingly very similar to the morning of four years ago, with my very own short and private Juhannus ritual and remembrance, before returning to bed for a little more sleep.

For this I revisited a few of my favourite past midsummer posts, admittedly full of unabashed nostalgia, which a few readers might be interested in:

three midsummer nights in 1983
a midsummer fest in 2009
the longest day

Happy Midsummer or Midwinter! Hauskaa Juhannusta! May it be the start of a wonderful summer in every way.   

Marja-Leena | 20/06/2012 | 4 comments
themes: Culture, Current Events, Finland, Estonia & Finno-Ugric


Hauskaa juhannusta.

Solstice is kesäpäivänseisaus. One word. Marja-Leena, you can start your friends Finnish lessons with that word, right?

We have been promised for the Midsummer sun, rain, showers, thunder, cool and warm. I just looked up. Finland is a very long country.

I will close all these electronic communication devices for awhile. Have been setting here too long. Eyes look like tomatoes.

So knowing that you're also on the coast, I wish you very fine feast and don't catch cold!

Just seeing pictures of two favorite kinds of summer flowers brought a smile. Daisies are simply beautiful and peonies are beautifully complex. Life is a marvel and I wish you all the happiness the White Nights can bring.