In Finland Midsummer is a celebration of light and nightless days. In Lapland the sun doesn’t set at all and nights are bright in the whole country. Midsummer is held on Saturday between 20 and 26 of June and most of the Finns have few days off from work.
Traditionally Midsummer is celebrated by doing different folk magic rituals. Most of them are for young women who are trying to find a spouse. Here are few to try:
1. Pick up seven different flowers from seven different fields and place the flowers under your pillow. When you go to sleep you will see your future husband/wife in your dreams.
2. When you are going to sleep, wear a sock inside out on your left feet and you will definitely see your future spouse.
3. If you look in a well or fountain while being naked you will see your future spouse.
4. If you roll naked in a field after a rain you will get good luck for finding a spouse.
Another tradition during Midsummer is bonfires. Bonfires are burned all around Finland, except in Ostrobothnia, where bonfires are linked to Easter.
There are some spells that can be done while watching a bonfire as well:
1. If Bonfires smoke turns at you, it means that you will get married soon.
2. After bonfire has burned, women should jump over the whole smoke. This increases their love.
Nowadays midsummer is for celebrating and getting drunk. Finns buy second most alcohol during Midsummer, only Christmas tops it. Actually, it is also a very sad holiday because many people drown every year. Alcohol and lakes aren’t a good combination.
Most of the Finns go to their summer cottage and celebrate midsummer together with family and friends. There are also different midsummer festivals, like Himos Juhannus and Nummirock Metal Festival. But usually sauna, alcohol and good company make the perfect combination for Finnish Midsummer.