Johannus (Ivanov Day) in Finland (25/06)

Anyone who has ever visited Finland knows that the inhabitants of this country do not differ in a special temperament. Finns are never in a hurry, but at the same time, being late is not in their style. For them, punctuality is the key to success, and the absence of emotions is a sign of good taste. But there are days when the Finns have fun, as they say, "to the fullest."

This happens on December 6 - on Independence Day and on Juhannus (Fin. Juhannuspäivä), which falls during the summer solstice. However, winter fun clearly loses against the backdrop of a summer holiday. And this is not surprising. After all, Yuhannus or Midsummer's Day is the beginning of summer, and there is no better time for a northern country. In addition, the Christian holiday of the Nativity of John the Baptist was superimposed on the holiday of the summer solstice. Therefore, at present, Midsummer's Day in Finland is traditionally celebrated on the first Saturday after June 19th.

Finns prepare for this day in advance. These days, city streets are literally buried in birch leaves. Birch wreaths or branches can be found everywhere: in the church, in shops and in private homes. According to tradition, the birch symbolizes hospitality. If the owner decorated the door of his dwelling with a branch of this tree, then every traveler will be received here with hospitality.