Midsummer Eve in Finland in 2020

Midsummer Eve in Finland in 2020
  How long until Midsummer Eve?
This holiday next takes place in 190 days.
  Dates of Midsummer Eve in Finland
2021 Jun 25, Jun 26
FinlandSat, Jun 26National Holiday
FinlandFri, Jun 25National Holiday
2020 Jun 19, Jun 20
FinlandSat, Jun 20National Holiday
FinlandFri, Jun 19National Holiday
2019 Jun 21, Jun 22
FinlandSat, Jun 22National Holiday
FinlandFri, Jun 21National Holiday
2018 Jun 22, Jun 23
FinlandSat, Jun 23National Holiday
FinlandFri, Jun 22National Holiday
2017 Jun 23, Jun 24
FinlandSat, Jun 24National Holiday
FinlandFri, Jun 23National Holiday
  Summary
Celebrated on the Friday falling between 19 and 25 June. The actual date of Midsummer's Eve may vary between the 19 and 20 June
  Local name
Midsommarafton
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When is Midsummer in Finland?

This Finnish holiday (Juhannuspäivä) is celebrated each year on the Saturday falling between June 20th - 26th. The actual date of Midsummer's day may vary between the June 20th - 21st.

Traditions of Midsummer in Finland

It has become one of the most important holidays in Finland, not surprising as its northern location means this is a time of year when the sun hardly sets. Festivities start on the Friday before, known as Midsummer's Eve (Midsommarafton).

Similar to New Year's celebration, the main celebrations take place on the eve of the day. Traditional events include raising and dancing around a huge maypole. Many people will wear traditional folk costumes and listen to traditional music. It is also a holiday on which the Finns will consume a large amount of alcohol and raucous drinking songs are a common sound during the celebrations.

Midsummer was considered to be one of the key times in the year when the power of magic was strongest and at it was thought to be a good time to perform rituals, particularly those which related to predicting the future. A tradition of this is one in which young people pick bouquets of seven or nine different flowers and put them under their pillow in the hope of dreaming about their future spouse.

Even though the major fertility rites in ancient times, centre around the beginning of spring, Midsummer was linked to an ancient fertility festival, as conception at this time would lead to a birth in March, which was traditionally seen as a good time for children to be born.

In Finland, the summer solstice was originally known as "Ukon Juhla", after the Finnish sky god Ukko. This tradition was replaced when Christianity was adopted, with the festival becoming "Juhannus", in honour of John the Baptist whose feast day was close enough to Midsummer to make it a suitable replacement.

St. John's Day

In Christianity, Midsummer Day is associated with the nativity of John the Baptist, which is observed on the same day, June 24th, in the Catholic, Orthodox and some Protestant churches.

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