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Burn the Witch


Burn the Witch

In the north we love to celebrate the midsummer, though we do it in slightly different ways. :D

Sweden is well known for their midsummer parties, where they drink, eat, sing and dance around the maypole (a pole decorated with flowers and ribbons). A wonderfully peaceful tradition that can be seen her.

However, in Norway and Denmark (and a couple of other countries) we prefer to celebrate it with LOTS AND LOTS OF FIRE!!! Or as we like to call it, Sankt Hans bonfires.

Some places in Norway they build HUGE bonfires. I’ve even seen pictures of them burning down houses and claiming it to be a Sankt Hans bonfire.

In Denmark we haven’t gone to such extremes. We get our morbid jollies by putting a witch doll made of wood, hay, old cloth and filled with firecrackers on the fire, and then cheer when the firecrackers goes off, making it sound like she’s screaming. So wonderfully politically incorrect.

And we will burn that witch no matter where we are. While looking for a good video of a Sankt Hans bonfire I found at least four of Danes burning wooden witches while confused Americans looked on. This is the cutest witch burning I have ever seen. :D

3rd October 2009

1 month ago #9266837        

burning down houses and claiming it to be a bonfire.

1 month ago #9262353        


2 months ago #9252967        

Whilst we set fire to Guy Fawkes (a Catholic conspirator in a plot to kill James I in 1605) every November 5th...I think it might be the origin of the word "guy" as the dummy placed on the bonfire is called a guy :P

3 months ago #9238303        

Estonia has on 24th of June ''Jaanipäev'' in which we party and have bonfire!

5 months ago #9190305        

We ignore it apart from a few families. Like mine. We make little crowns out of plants and wear them for the evening. We do have maypoles and May dancing. But not on midsummer.

5 months ago #9180777        

With such traditions, sister Estonia could become quite handy and popular, eh?
She is the Viron Akka (Ebavere witch) who brought down the Kaali meteorite.


15 M
5 months ago #9179764        

To day is the day we will make the biggest bonfire in the north


39 O
6 months ago #9157119        

You got a new fan, Humon, I love your work.

And the info that you pass about Scandinavian history & culture is really nice, can't stop reading ;)

7 months ago #9152344        

I'd love to learn the history behind all of the celebration. Seems fascinatingly entertaining.

8 months ago #9127733        

@LemonDancer, I can easily understand why Finns were considered magical. Our traditional poems in the Folklore Archives seem mainly consist of spells and charms, which were used to get good luck in fishing, hunting, stock breeding or agriculture and to cure illnesses. And of course to find love. Even in modern times most of us (me included) have done spells in some point of our lives to see what the coming year will bring with it in the New Year's Eve or to see our future beloved one in Midsummer's Eve.

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