The shops observe the celebrations as well, by closing early on Midsummer’s Eve.
Some shops stay closed on Midsummer’s Day as well, so do your midsummer food shopping in good time!
Midsummer is one of Åland’s most popular festivals.
Ålanders make the most of the long daylight hours and love to celebrate out in the garden, in the countryside or in the archipelago with their family and friends.
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People decorate their houses with wreaths and bouquets of summer flowers.
The menu tends to include pickled herring and new potatoes cooked with dill, a piece of barbecued meat and strawberries for dessert, plus well-chilled schnapps and beer for the adults.
While midsummer simply refers to the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, also refers to the specific European celebrations that do accompany the actual solstice.Small sailing boats sail around the maypole as a symbol of Åland shipping.You can find the times for midsummer cellebration and decorating of the maypoles a few days before Midsummer in the local newspapers as well as in the events calender.During the Finnish midsummer celebrations, bonfires were burnt by the sides of the lake and the sea.In eastern Finland, entire birch trees were cut and brought to the sides of front doors to welcome visitors.