Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Midsummer's Day (Jaanipäev) - June 24 2013

Midsummer's Day is one of the highlights on the Estonian calendar. Estonians have never lost touch with their pagan roots and celebrating the Summer Solstice, the change in the farming year, goes back centuries. One of the most popular midsummer rituals enjoyed by Estonians is building a bonfire and then jumping over it. This is believed to guarantee prosperity (a good harvest) and to ward off bad luck. Other traditions include the use of fern blossoms and there's always lots of music, singing and food to be had. If you're going to be in Tallinn for this public holiday, it might be a good idea to visit the Estonian Open Air Museum. They are holding a huge Midsummer's Day Eve celebration commencing at 7pm that's sure to delight both locals and visitors alike. For more information please refer to their website

It's stays light until 11pm in Estonia during this time of year so now really is a great time to visit and enjoy this magnificent country.