Midsummer is celebrated in Finland on the weekend following the 19th of June
The traditions of Midsummer go back hundreds of years.
In the olden times, people celebrated the god of weather “Ukko” during Midsummer, hoping for good harvest and fertility.
Even though the years have passed and the society has become secularized, the Midsummer spells remain. Even today, young women cast love spells in nature to guarantee success in love and to see who will be their future husband.
Roll in dew
If you roll around naked in a wheat field, your future husband will appear in your life within a year. Dew was believed to have a healing effect and rolling in it was supposed to make you beautiful and healthy. Earlier, dew was even collected in cloths and pressed into bottles for the year to come.
Watch video / read the 6 Love Spells of Midsummer
Many festivals of all sizes are organized on the Midsummer weekend. It is also common to start summer holidays on Midsummer day. For many families the Midsummer is the time when they move to the countryside to their summer cottage by the sea or lake. Midsummer is also a Finnish Flag Day where the flag is hoisted at 6 pm on Midsummer’s Eve and flown all night till 9 pm the following evening.