It is a pagan celebration. Midsummer’s Eve is one of the most significant celebrations of Christians. Midsummer’s Eve is a cultural festival. Midsummer’s Eve is declared as the national holiday especially for the Northern Europe.
Midsummer’s Eve is celebrated during different time in different places in the month of June. Midsummer’s Eve generally occurs in third Friday of the June so that people can get the pleasure of this festival during the entire weekend.
Midsummer is an old pagan festival, which used to take place during Viking Era. Midsummer’s Eve was celebrated for fertility rite, where the May pole was known to be the phallic symbol, which used to signify nature of "impregnating" mother. Midsummer’s Eve t was believed that it will provide the fruitful harvest during the autumn. Nowadays, it signifies the national holiday and the special gathering of family and friends. Midsummer’s Eve also gives the significant of longest day of the year or summer solstice, which means that summer has gone to the path of half-way.
Midsummer’s Eve is generally celebrated with the meet of friends and families. They sit and eat together. They usually eat in this festival herring and fresh potatoes. They also drink beer and schnapps to celebrate. But it is celebrated in different countries according to their culture and belief.
Midsummer’s Eve is generally celebrated in Northern areas of Europe like:
Midsummer’s Eve is also celebrated at Ireland and various parts of Britain like:
Midsummer’s Eve is also celebrated in:
Name of Midsummer Festival
Midsummer’s Eve is referred as the Midwinter in Brazil or Canadian region and in Australia. Midsummer’s Eve is also known as neo-pagans. Midsummer’s Eve is also famously called as “Litha”.
In current Sweden, Midsummer's Eve (Midsommarafton) as well as Midsummer's Day (Midsommardagen) takes place from the eventide of the Friday between 19th June and 25th June. Midsummer’s Eve is celebrated by dancing around the Maypole. One particular dance for it is “Frog Dance”. People wear traditional folk costumes. They listen to traditional music. People also eat various foods like :
In Finland, along with the traditional celebration during this festival, also Will o wisps are believed to be seen during this night. In Finland, along with the Midsummer festival Finnish Flag day is celebrated on the same day.
Midsummer’s Eve is also celebrated here with the bang throughout the country. Midsummer’s Eve is celebrated in Battery Park and also in New York City. It attracts more than three thousand to five thousand crowds each year.
In Australia, it is celebrated during the time 24th June. It is then in Australia is middle of winter. celebrated there with the means of dancing around bonfire
Thus, it is seen that Midsummer Eve is celebrated in different way in different country.