Yesterday we celebrated Juhannus with my family in our summer cottage. I have always enjoyed this tradition and the smaller traditions within the day. Here are a few shots taken that day.
One of the Juhannus day traditions, my collection of seven flowers to be put under the pillow: Campanula patula, Archillea millefolium, Vicia cracca, Trifolium pratense, Leucanthemum vulgare, Ranunculus acris and Matricaria perforata. Still no dream man in my dream :c Maybe next year.
A three teared midsummer’s strawberry cake : P Yummy.
My grandpa enjoying the Juhannus eve.
A beautiful way to end the day: a midsummer sunset around 0.30 AM
A dream quote for today: “I know nothing with certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream” ^^
I promised more photos from our Finnish Juhannus, so here they are C:
The encounter with this little mink was totally unexpected. We both froze for a few seconds, but luckily I managed to fiddle the camera to take this photo before the guy came back to his senses and swam away. He too had a nice Midsummer feast coming up, at least judging by that poor duck.
The Yellow Irises were in full bloom on Juhannus. The bright yellow colour made a reflection to the surface of the lake too C:
This is a part of a tiny island we saw while boating. The islands terrain is like this all around, which is probably why the island is known as “Kallio Saari” -Cliff Island. It’s area is less than a kilometer, and it only has one summer cottage, meaning that the person owning the cottage, has the whole island to themselves. Pretty nice?
These Water Striders had it going on. And to be fair, Juhannus is for many, a time to drink, hook up with a hot hunk and have feverish animalistic sex. Not for me though :D At least not yet.
The Midsummer night is traditionally a night of love and magic. Flowers are tucked under pillows in the hopes of seeing one’s future spouse, women stand around wells, lakes, and ponds, nude, hoping to see they’re future husband on the surface of the water, and perhaps most extremely, a woman must go to a crossroads with three ways, stand in the middle of the crossroads, remove all her clothes, and then sweep a portion of each three ways. It is believed, that by doing so, the woman is making way for her future husband, who will then come to her. There are many many more tricks to be done on Juhannus night, but many of them are not commonly used of course :D How ever the flowers under the pillow is something I’ve done every year since I can remember, the husband is yet to be seen, but it is great fun!
A dream quote (well, sort of) for today, fitted for the Juhannus nights spirit of love: “Dream of me,” he said. “Dream of you? I’m doing that while I’m awake.” Oh, how true ;)
Yesterday we Finns celebrated the Midsummer, and I too put my daily life on hold to be replaced by a rudimentary summer cottage on the lake side, sausages scorched on an open fire and potato salad. Sounds pretty weird to some maybe, but it’s a tradition loved by the whole nation C: I did manage to take some photographs here and there, though, and here are a few of them ^^ Enjoy!
This is a close up from our Juhannus kokko, which is a bonfire usually made of branches and wooden objects that are no longer in use, old shelves, floorboards, what ever is around. Our kokko was pretty small, but many people make them several meters high.
“No smoke without a fire” says the Finnish saying, but it’s certainly true the other way around too, as we soon found out.
A view near our cottage C:
More Juhannus pictures in future posts!
A dream quote for today: “He who robs us of our dreams robs us of our life.” ^^