Friday, June 20, 2014

Hyvää juhannusta!

Today is Midsummer, or Juhannus how it is called in Finland. The name refers to St John, who is also celebrated that day. If you look out the window you will realize that Juhannus is also a flag day. And a very special one even. On Juhannus the flag flies the whole night through till the next day.

bonfire at Pihlajasaari

Most Finns leave the cities for their Midsummer celebration and go to their mökkis on the countryside. But for those of you that decided to stay in Helsinki there is also lots to do today.

The most traditional way to celebrate Juhannus is to watch a bonfires in the evening. There are two big ones in Helsinki. One is on Seurasaari (you have to pay entrance here and tickets are apparently already sold out) and one on Pihlajasaari (take a ferry from Kaivopuisto or Ruoholahti). There are also cruises offered by several boat companies that bring you close to the bonfires during a normally three hour long boat trip.

Finns love to dance in the summer. So if you like join one of the Midsummer dances e.g. in Linnanmäki, at Kuudes linja and at Club Kaiku. Or why not take a Juhannus sauna?

To find out more about all the options you have today check the Midsummer post on visithelsinki.fi. For more information on Juhannus I also recommend Rusty Snyder's article on thisisFINLAND. More also on visitfinland.com.

Have a great Juhannus!

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