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    Midsummer!

    Today is Midsummer Day in Finland and other Nordic countries. A holiday where we get to celebrate 'around the clock light' and this year, a faboulus weather. It is 9:30 in the morning and already it's +24 C outside.
    Sometimes life is good in the Arctic.

    On this my first year as an APUG-subscriber I would like to wish all of you a Happy Midsummer as we say here. I look forward to spend many years on this site in your excellent company.

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    Glad midsommar!
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    Yeah, Head Jaani.

    Although it's already over here (June 23rd-24th).

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    Ha en trevlig bra midsommar!

    One question, though... why is *today* midsommer, why not the 21st? Is it common to move it to a Friday, or is there some other reason?

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    It's the result of 'christianizing' a pagan festival.

    Have a good midsummer!
    And don't let the rest of the year be any less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraker View Post
    Ha en trevlig bra midsommar!

    One question, though... why is *today* midsommer, why not the 21st? Is it common to move it to a Friday, or is there some other reason?
    It is moved around to the friday nearest the 21:st. This year it is later than it "should" be. Sometimes earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Q.G. View Post
    It's the result of 'christianizing' a pagan festival.

    Have a good midsummer!
    And don't let the rest of the year be any less.
    That is correct. It's originally a pagan festival to celebrate light, summer and fertility. The church changed it to John the Babtist's day and you can still hear elderly people refer to it as "Johanne" and wish you a "god Johanne".

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    It's strange that some people (mainly in the US) consider June 21st to be the start of summer. So if mid summer is the 24th, summer is only six days long!


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    Indeed.

    What i find even stranger is that meteorologists let the beginning of a season coincide with the first of the month the 'astronomical event' falls in, even though the weather always lags behind.

    Over here, St. John's day is remembered too, as the end of the asparagus season.

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    Danke! I had no idea there was such a celebration, now I have another excuse for something I'm doing.
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