Marja-Leena Rathje
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summer solstice

Depending on where you are in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the longest day of the year. Actual dates of celebrations vary in countries, often a weekend nearest the true solstice for convenience. It is mostly a northern European festival with pagan roots like so many of their traditional holidays.

"Juhannus" in Finland became so called when Christians renamed it St. John's Eve. I fondly remember the wonderful looong days and very short almost mere twilit nights, some call "white nights" of the North, with bonfires on the beaches and much merriment. It's a very important celebration even for emigrant Scandinavian communities in Canada and other parts.

So, Hauskaa Juhannusta! Happy Midsummer!

Addendum June 24.04: Torill has written a magical story of a Norwegian midsummer night - 'Dreams in the shortest night'.

And Solstice at Stonehenge via BBC

Marja-Leena | 21/06/2004 | 2 comments
themes: Culture, Folk Legends & Myths


'It will not always be summer; build barns.'

Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.
John Lubbock

Take your pick! Happy Litha.

Happy Midsummer Night dreams, Marja, to you and yours.