22 Jun 2017

Perfect Midsummer, photos by Nanna Salmi

 Like every traditional celebration, also the Midsummer Eve (juhannus) 
contains traditions which are so important, that without them the 
day just doesn´t feel perfect.

Night before. Picking flowers, enjoying the 
nightless night already...


The day is long... It is so long that you have time to do many things
before the celebration in the evening. Nanna loves to go 
walking by the lake Vesijärvi.


And Otto loves to swim in the lake Vesijärvi!


It´s very usual that the weather changes quickly and dramatically
during the day. Even several times! If the morning was hot and
misty, the early afternoon can be something very different!


Midsummer lunch is eaten with the family and friends. 
Wild flowers play a big role in a table setting. Grandmother´s
table cloth and china is also in use.


Sweet, small, new potatoes and fish - that brings 
the taste of the summer into your mouth!


Does this need any words?


After lunch and nap a little walk in a forest... Collect seven flowers, put them
under your pillow and you will see your fiance to be in your dream...

danishswedishfarmdog smelling wild flowers

What would make this special day a perfection?
Of course - taking the horses for a night swim as well!

nightless night, horses swimming, Finland

After that it´s nice to dress up warm and sit by the fire till the early morning
and enjoy the lightest time of the year when the sun doesn´t go down.
This is the moment we wait for the whole dark and cold winter...


Have a wonderful Midsummer Eve!
Hyvää Juhannusta!











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