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Midsummers Day Festivals Finland
21-21 June
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The longest day in the northern hemisphere is today either the 20th or 21st of June, whilst Midsummer's Day in Europe is traditionally on 24 June.

Midsummer's Eve is a time associated with witches, magic, fairies and dancing. On the eve of Midsummer's Day, many bonfires were lit all over the country. This was in praise of the sun, for the days were getting shorter and the sun appeared to be getting weaker, so people would light fires to try and strengthen the sun. While midsummer simply refers to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, also refers to the specific European celebrations that do accompany the actual solstice. European midsummer-related holidays, celebrations, and traditions are all pre-Christian in origin and are particularly more important in the northern and western parts of Europe. Finland is no exception to this. A very important feature of the midsummer festival in Finland is that nights around the midsummer days are very short and are almost nonexistent. This leads to the “White Night” as some people call it. Bonfires are typical during Midsummer Eve. Additionally, the Finnish flag is hoisted at about 6 pm on Midsummer Eve and flown all night till 9pm of Midsummer Day. During the midsummer weekend, many well-organized music festivals take place.

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