On June 23th is midsummer celebration in DK: Sankt Hans aften. Celebrations all over the country always include a bonfire. Quick Wiki quote for those who are interested in some Viking traditions:
Sankt Hans has been celebrated since the times of the Vikings by visiting healing water wells and making a large bonfire to ward away evil spirits. Today the water well tradition is gone. Bonfires on the beach, speeches, picnics and songs are traditional, although bonfires are built in many other places where beaches may not be close by (i.e. on the shores of lakes and other waterways, parks, etc.) In the 1920s a tradition of putting a witch made of straw and cloth (probably made by the elder women of the family) on the bonfire emerged as a remembrance of the church’s witch burnings from 1540 to 1693. This burning sends the “witch” away to Bloksbjerg, the mountain ‘Brocken’ in the Harz region of Germany where the great witch gathering was thought to be held on this day.
Anyway, we were kind of lazy on Tuesday…but luckily we live in the middle of all happenings. They had a celebration in our square, but we decided to walk 5 more minutes away from our place and get to the lake…right here
Lots of people waiting…It’s nice to have a bonfire floating on the lake.
It looked like this
That scary thing on top is the witch
Fire! Now the witch is supposed to fly to Germany.
Danes are really romantic.
They sing midsummer songs while the fire is burning.
When we walked back home there was a great party in our square too…(as usual). Here it is…
Summer in DK = party, party, party