- Ari Ketola
Midsummer in Finland
In the Finnish midsummer celebration, bonfires are very common and are burned at lakesides and by the sea. Often branches from birch trees are placed on both side of the front door to welcome visitors. Swedish-speaking Finns often celebrate the midsummer by a maypole.
Midnight sun is good for health
An important feature of the midsummer in Finland is the white night and the midnight sun.
Because of Finland’s location spanning around the Arctic Circle the nights near the midsummer day are short or non-existent. This gives a great contrast to the darkness of the winter time. Some studies claims that sun may lower your blood pressure.
It’s thought that the UV rays triggered the release a compound called nitric oxide from the skin, which relaxes blood vessels, causing blood pressure to fall. So midnight sun is good for our health too.
Ritual include cookouts, sauna and spending time together
Many Finns leave the cities for Midsummer and spend time in the countryside. Nowadays many spend a few days there, and some Finns take their whole vacation in a lakeside cottage. Rituals include cookouts, sauna and spending time together. This is how Finns recharge their batteries for long winter period.
We will close our office for a few days to enjoy short nights.
For those who are able to have days off from regular work I wish wonderful and relaxing time!
Best regards, Pertti