Mid summer eve dating
This is done in Denmark in memory of the Church's witchburnings of the 16th and 17th century.In Sweden, Midsummer is even celebrated as a national holiday (also see Scandinavian national holidays).Most Midsummer's Eve celebrations take place on the Saturday between June 20 and June 26.By Terri Mapes Midsummer is Scandinavia's most popular festival right along with Christmas.A traditional celebration of the Summer solstice, Midsummer is the longest day of the year (June 21).In Norway, Midsummer's Eve is also called "Jonsok".Among Danes, it's not just Midsummer's Eve but also Sankt Hans aften (St.In Sweden, where the festival is called "Midsommar", houses are decorated inside and out with wreaths and flower garlands.
In Sweden, as in many other countries, the magic of Midsummer includes bonfires (which reminds of Swedish Walpurgis Night traditions), and divining the future, especially one's future spouse!
In Norway and Denmark, Midsummer's Eve is also a popular day, celebrated with large bonfires and processions in the evening.
The celebration of the Summer solstice is a very ancient practice, dating back to pre-Christian times.
Midsummer was originally a fertility festival with many customs and rituals associated with nature and with the hope for a good harvest the coming fall/autumn.
John's Eve) which they celebrate on the eve of June 23rd.
On that day, Danes sing their traditional "We Love Our Land" and burn straw witches on bonfires.