Friday, 24 June 2011

Midsummer!

It's Friday, it's picture time, but it's also a special Friday. This weekend, in Finland and Scandinavia people are celebrating Midsummer! Midsummer is the weekend after the summer solstice on 21st June, and for many people here it means the beginning of the summer holidays. Summer holidays are long in the Nordic Countries, often up to four weeks after Midsummer. Schools here break for up to 10 weeks from early June! And of course, the sun completely fails to set at all in Lapland.

The photo above, which illustrates the midnight sun, is relevant also in another way: for many, summer means to be on or by the water — using boats or spend time in cottages at the shores of lakes and the sea.

Happy Midsummer, and have a nice weekend!

Photo: Thomas Ulich.

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