Finnish Juhannus

Lake Scenery

Originally uploaded by Chiva Congelado

The Midsummer celebrations in Finland are one of the highlights of the year when living in that country. If possible, people will go to their summer cottage, where they spend the time playing, eating, fixing a couple of things and going to sauna.

Given that here in Belgium they don’t seem to celebrate it very much, I’m really missing it. One doesn’t start to know about Finland until spending the midsummer long weekend with the Finns in a small house in the woods, maybe next to a lake, in the middle of nowhere. Probably there’s no better sauna than the one at the summer cottage, probably the smell of the woods is what relaxes you, probably it is because you spend a relaxing time with friends and/or family. Regardless it is one of the quintessential things that makes Finland the way it is, and I’ve realised how much the place has changed me now that it is not celebrated where I am.

Hyvää Juhannusta!

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2 thoughts on “Finnish Juhannus”

  1. [esto es genial]

    En Suiza tampoco existe una celebración como tal, más bien diría yo que pasa desapercibido, pero hay grupos de gente que preparan algo sobre todo en las partes altas de las montañas.

    Aunque ya tengo ocho años viviendo acá, no he podido hacerme del tipo "amantedelanaturalezasobretodaslascosas" como lo es el suizo promedio, me da pena decirlo pero soy "rata del asfalto" sin más.


    P.D. En mi blog te dejé una invitación, pero es opcional, si no quieres hacerlo lo entenderé. No pasa nada.

  2. Jajaja, yo también soy flor de pavimento, pero ya he empezado a perderle el miedo a la naturaleza (al menos, a la finlandesa, porque ahí no hay alacranes, víboras, etc…). Jajajajaja.

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