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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Happy Midsummer

I wish you all a happy Midsummer

The Midnight sun in Lapland.
When it gets to this position it starts rising again.

The Midsummer is a time of celebration in Finland,
where we come from.
Some families spend the midsummer weekend out in the archipelago,
where they have built summer cottage on the islands.
In Midsummer night the sauna is typically heated and family and
friends are invited to bathe and to grill.

Bonfires are common, specially in the Finish talking part of the country, and they are burnt at lake sides and by the sea.

Midsummerday (Sunday) is also the day of the Finnish flag.
Then the flag is hoisted at 6 pm on Midsummer eve (Saturday)
and flown all night till 9 pm the following evening.

The Midsummer in Lapland, Finland is bright.
It's the time of the nightless nights.
Night and day the midnight sun stays above the horizon.
For instance, going as far north as to Utsjoki,
the sun stays above the horizon from mid-May to mid-July.
Altogether two months!

During the mid-winter months (November - January) it's the opposite.
Then the sun does not rise at all, for about 50 days, in Lapland.
The bright stars and sometimes moon combined with totally white and pure snow anyway give light enough in clear nights to see very well.
In this time of the year you often can see the Northern lights
(Aurora borealis).

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