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Jaanipäev or Midsummer 2020

Experience all the traditions and feel the magic of Midsummer night

Jaanipäev or Midsummer in Estonia 2020 - Best Time

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Midsummer, also known as St John's Day, is a famous holiday celebrated by both young and old involving all the family. Many families build a small fire in their own garden and host a barbeque. To villagers, this holiday means the end of farm spring sowing and the beginning of summer hay-making. In Estonian language, Jaanipäev means Jaan’s day. There is a tradition to count how many men named Jaan came to the party. People build a high jaani bonfire, which is to be lit at night.

Bonfire in Lahemaa national park, Vihasoo, Estonia 2020
Bonfire in Lahemaa national park, Vihasoo, Estonia
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As a rule, local dance groups, choirs, and ensembles give concerts at jaani bonfires. One more tradition is to jump over the fire. This is believed to protect from wicked spirits and give strength and faith. This is a magical night when lots of miracles may happen and even treasures can be found.

Estonian summer nights, Kurista, Tartumaa, Estonia 2020
Estonian summer nights, Kurista, Tartumaa, Estonia
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