Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Saint Hans Evening

When you see above witches on their brooms - you might be thinking: Halloween. Why aren't those witches black?

Well, if you happen to be in Denmark tomorrow night (June 23rd) you will see a lot of bonfires all over the country celebrating the evening of Saint Hans (I believe that the English name for this saint is John), and witch dolls are being burned on the bonfire and thus sent off to Bloksbjerg (the witches sacred place in Germany).

The tradition with bonfires dates back to Viking time celebrating summer solstice (longest day of the year). It was not until approx. 100 years ago, the tradition with the burning of witches started: symbol of  the church's burning of witches in the Middle Ages. Interesting how traditions evolves.

Well I happen to be in Denmark tomorrow, so I am going to see one of those bonfires.

1 comment:

Melanie's Randomness said...

Well that's pretty cool!! I have never heard of that tradition!! Have fun in Denmark!!