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Midsummer in Denmark

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Category: outdoors
Where: Copenhagen, Denmark
When: 23 Jun - 23 Jun 2017
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In  Denmark, Midsummer's Eve is also a popular day, celebrated with large bonfires and processions in the evening. In Norway, Midsummer's Eve is also called "Jonsok".

Among Danes, it's not just Midsummer's Eve but also Sankt Hans aften (St. John's Eve) which they celebrate on the eve of June 23rd. On that day, Danes sing their traditional "We Love Our Land" and burn straw witches on bonfires. This is done in Denmark in memory of the Church's witchburnings of the 16th and 17th century.

The Scandinavian Midsummer traditions stem from pagan times, showing the defeat of darkness to the powers of the sun god.

Like in every major Scandinavian tradition, celebrating with others goes hand in hand with good holiday food. Traditional food for Midsummer in Scandinavia are potatoes with herring or smoked fish, fresh fruit, and probably some schnapps and beer for the adults!

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