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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

4th October 2009
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4 days ago #9340677        

Nobody going to make a sauna joke?

...right then.

13 days ago #9336522        

MIDSUMMER! (Sounds seriously better in swedish...) I lOVE IT!

Sweden have huge bonfires on the First of May. Surely Norway and Danmark have that too, or...? Any danes or norwegians who can help me out? ^^

1 month ago #9328769        

the faith keeps her safe from the flames.


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1 month ago #9327778        

OH MY GOD YOU MONSTERS! Finland isn't burning HOLY CRAP!


2 months ago #9321407        

I laughed so hard at this one

3 months ago #9299269        

@streetgoose ofcourse! it would only make sense!

3 months ago #9299268        

stay with your burning witches, out of our yard.

3 months ago #9297997        

@streetgoose shes not just a witch shes an ice and fire witch

4 months ago #9289965        

Okay, so Sister Finland is fireproof?

4 months ago #9286063        

okay, so i live in Norway, but i did not now that the Danes did that 0_o

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