Midsummer is Finland’s main national holiday
A celebration of the summer solstice, it’s typically spent with friends and family at a summer cottage away from the city. And whether you want to party or relax, there are many ways to get in on the fun.
Finland is known for its summertime “white nights,” and Midsummer’s is the whitest of them all. Viewed as the official start of warm weather, Midsummer Eve at the end of June is when many Finns kick off their summer holidays. The Midnight Sun plays a major role in the festivities in the northern parts of Finland, but it doesn’t actually get dark in the south, either – hence Finland’s so-called white nights.
So, what do Finns do on Midsummer? Historically, Midsummer was a popular time for weddings, and many people cast fertility or love spells. These days, lighting bonfires and bathing in saunas are two popular ways to celebrate. Barbecuing, fishing and boating are also standard pastimes for those who spend midsummer at a country cottage.