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Sankt Hans aften – St John´s eve 2013

June 23, 2013

sankt Hans denmark

Photos in this post is partly from last years post

The evening of june 23 is called Sankt Hans evening.  A festive time where people meet to enjoy a big bonfire and to sing together, while celebrating the longest day at the year. In Copenhagen sunrise is 4:28 am and sunset 10:55 pm this day. From now on, every day will be a bit shorter until December. No one likes to think of that, so tonight will be a giant cosy gettogether, in parks, at lakes, in private gardens and public Spaces, – everywhere.  There is a traditional song called  “Vi elsker vort land” (We love our country) you can see the text here. Usually there will be a speech before the fire are being lit, often mentioning freedom and responsability. Did I forget to mention the witch? She is on top of the bonfire, ready to fly back to “Bloksbjerg”.

Wikipedia: “The evening of June 23, St John’s Eve, is the eve of celebration before the Feast Day of st, John the babtist.”


Some Sankt Hans arrangements 2013:

Copenhagen area ,  Copenhagen center , Aarhus and area

Derfor fejrer vi Sankt Hans

Text “Vi elsker vort land” (We love our country) here

History behind Sankt Hans here

Wikipedia  about Sankt Hans here

Old Danish songs here

2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 31, 2013 6:44 pm

    I wish we had such traditions – of summer solstice celebrations etc. – here. I love it! This looks like such fun!

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