season for haymaking. Even though the summer solstice is on 21 June, St Johns Eve is regarded as the actual Midsummer Eve and therefore the shortest night of the entire year. Sarah D Steinman experienced her first Midsummer in Sweden while taking part in Swedish-US reality television series 'Allt För Sverige' following a group of Americans discovering their roots in Sweden. Estonians barely sleep during this bright period, sitting outside by the glow of bonfires and twilight. The festival culminates with a sunrise concert in a bog at 3am on the last day. Please answer the following question, as your feedback is important to us! For visitors wishing to get a taste of Estonian Midsummer, the.
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Midsummer coincides closely with the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere the summer solstice. Photo: Sarah D Steinman. Unsubscribe, contrast, text, normal, large, join our newsletter! Read also: Five odd Swedish things to taste at Midsummer. Children stay up until dawn, while young lovers wander through the forest looking for a lucky fern flower said to bloom only on this night. Superstitious legends, midsummer's Eve is intertwined with many folk beliefs. Summer Solstice, due to its northern location, Estonia experiences the summertime 'White Nights' phenomena, when the sun sets late and the night is dusk at most. Placing a witch made of old clothes stuffed with hay on the bonfire is a tradition which did not become common until the 20th century). Where to celebrate, today, Midsummer is a national holiday giving city folks an opportunity to take a break in the countryside. Also my camera man friend later told me that night was the first time he had ever talked to those neighbours in the ten years he had lived there! To keep the evil forces away, the bonfires were usually lit on high ground.