When it comes to Finnish Midsummer, there is a high chance that the weather is cold and rainy. Therefore wearing warm clothing is often a must, and what would be better to keep your head warm trough the whole nightless night than a merino wool beanie! Despite the weather, the Midsummer festival in Finland is beautiful and always a lot of fun. While waiting for the juhannus (=Midsummer in Finnish) here are some of the most interesting facts about this National Holiday.
- Midsummer is not only celebrated in Finland, it is also celebrated in other Nordic countries as well.
- In the distant past, in Finland Midsummer was celebrated as a celebration of the ancient air and thunder god Ukko. The name “Juhannus” appeared first during the Middle Ages and has a religious background.
- Before, an important part of the celebration was to clean up the whole house and decorate it with Midsummer birches. Gathering birch branches and making bath whisks to be used in sauna is still a popular Midsummer tradition in Finland.
- One of the oldest Midsummer traditions is to light up the Midsummer bonfire. In the past, the purpose was to drive away evil spirits and demons. Still today, many Finnish people light up bonfires and enjoy the cozy atmosphere the fire creates.
- Midsummer spells are another important tradition. Here are couple easy ones to do to see your future spouse: collect seven flowers and put them under your pillow or look at a well, pond or spring on Midsummer night.
- Today Midsummer is all about spending time with family and friends, going to sauna, eating good food and being surrounded by nature. Most of the Finnish people spend the holiday in their summer cottages.