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Offline Reiska

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Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« on: June 20, 2014, 10:22 AM »
The biggest festive time in Finland i.e. Midsummer festival - enjoy the longest day of the year tomorrow and remember to keep you fly closed when in a boat!

Merry midsummer's eve!  BBQ time! [cool]
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Offline Alex

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2014, 12:35 PM »
Thanks Reiska, and I wish the same to you. But I must admit I never heard about this day being celebrated, it is not something we celebrate over here.

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2014, 02:14 PM »
Happy celebration. If I would be living in Finland I would be celebrating this too considering how far up north you folks are and how long the night is in the winter.... Let there be some sunshine. Bring out the Cooltainer fully loaded....

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2014, 02:24 PM »
Hay, maybe Festool was thinking of Reiska when they made the CoolTainer black. Except in his case it was to keep the liquids from freezing while he enjoys 'summer'…

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2014, 02:31 PM »
A history lesson:

Before 1316, the summer solstice was called Ukon juhla, ("Ukko's celebration") after the Finnish god Ukko. In Karelian tradition, many bonfires were burned side by side, the biggest of which was called Ukko-kokko (the "bonfire of Ukko"). After the celebrations were Christianized, the holiday became known as juhannus after John the Baptist (Finnish: Johannes Kastaja).[12]

Since 1955, the holiday has always been on a Saturday (between June 20 and June 26). Earlier it was always on June 24. Many of the celebrations of midsummer take place on midsummer eve, when many workplaces are closed and shops must close their doors at noon.

In the Finnish midsummer celebration, bonfires (Finnish kokko) are very common and are burned at lakesides and by the sea.[5][13] Often branches from birch trees (koivu) are placed on both side of the front door to welcome visitors.[14] Swedish-speaking Finns often celebrate by erecting a midsummer or maypole (Swedish midsommarstång, majstång).[15] Some Finland Swedes call the holiday Johannes after the Finnish term juhannus - or more accurately after the Biblical John the Baptist (="Johannes Döparen" in Swedish).

In folk magic, midsummer was a very potent night and the time for many small rituals, mostly for young maidens seeking suitors and fertility. Will-o'-the-wisps were believed to appear at midsummer night, particularly to finders of the mythical "fern in bloom" and possessors of the "fern seed", marking a treasure. In the old days, maidens would use special charms and bend over a well, naked, in order to see their future husband’s reflection. In another tradition that continues still today, an unmarried woman collects seven different flowers and places them under her pillow to dream of her future husband.[16]

An important feature of the midsummer in Finland is the white night and the midnight sun. Because of Finland's location spanning around the Arctic Circle the nights near the midsummer day are short or non-existent. This gives a great contrast to the darkness of the winter time. The temperature can vary between 0 °C and +30 °C, with an average of about 20 °C in the South.

Many Finns leave the cities for Midsummer and spend time in the countryside. Nowadays many spend a few days there, and some Finns take their whole vacation in a cottage. Rituals include bonfires, cookouts, a sauna and spending time together. Heavy drinking is also associated with the Finnish midsummer.[17]

Many music festivals of all sizes are organized on the Midsummer weekend. It is also common to start summer holidays on Midsummer day. For many families the Midsummer is the time when they move to the countryside to their summer cottage by the sea or lake. Midsummer is also a Finnish Flag Day where the flag is hoisted at 6 pm on Midsummer's Eve and flown all night till 9 pm the following evening.[17] Finnish Canadians in the New Finland district, Saskatchewan, Canada celebrate Juhannus.[18]

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Here endeth the lesson... but oh how I wish SOME of the former traditions were still practiced!! [drooling] [not worthy] [tongue]

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2014, 02:52 PM »
Thanks for putting the picture in my mind with the well..... Now I'm all excited and I cannot concentrate anymore..... getting hot hear.....

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2014, 07:00 PM »
Now I'm all excited and I cannot concentrate anymore

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2014, 08:43 PM »
Think I'll go dig a well, just in case!

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2014, 09:05 PM »
I'd bet serious money that the 'well' tradition was thought up by a man. Come to think of it, I suppose it could have been a wiley woman!
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Offline jkuisma

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #9 on: June 20, 2014, 09:56 PM »
Reiska

I don't post on FOG often but I saw this and had to comment, my wife and I will be celebrating tomorrow evening with a lively party with close friends and family. The sauna will be fired up and we will be grilling many 'makkara' (sausages)! We may also have a few beers!  ;D Many Canadian Finns are prepared to celebrate this weekend!

Hyvää juhannusta!

Offline charley1968

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2014, 05:40 AM »
Kiitos paljon ja hyvää juhannusta!
Just for today..

Offline TheTassieBFG

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2014, 05:57 AM »
And a chilly Mid Winters night from the other side of Axial Tilt.. enjoy your festivities

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #12 on: June 21, 2014, 05:58 AM »


It is the winter solstice here, the fire is glowing and the dog is about to join us for the evening.

Glass of South Australian Shiraz; just finished an excellent roast chicken.
(If I do say so myself, as I cooked it!)  [smile]
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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #13 on: June 21, 2014, 07:22 AM »


Glass of South Australian Shiraz

Hmmm.... don't know that one.  I have to rely on expert wine reviews and the Shiraz is not mentioned....



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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #14 on: June 21, 2014, 07:58 AM »


Glass of South Australian Shiraz

Hmmm.... don't know that one.  I have to rely on expert wine reviews and the Shiraz is not mentioned....



 [big grin]

Frank

Ha, there is a lot of  Shiraz from the Australian State of South Australia.  [big grin]

Pity the video link seems not to work!   [sad]

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #15 on: June 21, 2014, 09:19 AM »
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Ha, there is a lot of  Shiraz from the Australian State of South Australia.  [big grin]

Pity the video link seems not to work!   [sad]

Works just fine. It was never a video. The piece was originally on a record album. Never on TV or Video, so the YouTube post is just the audio as originally published on the album.

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Re: Merry Midsummer's Eve everyone
« Reply #16 on: June 21, 2014, 09:26 AM »


 [not worthy]

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