Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Solstice

Today is the longest day in the year for the Northern Hemisphere, and the Weegies in our area celebrate in style, calling the day Sankthansaften. Here's the skinny, via some Wikipedia pages:

"As in Denmark, Sankthansaften is celebrated on June 23 in Norway. The day is also called Jonsok, which means "John's wake", important in Roman Catholic times with pilgrimages to churches and holy springs. For instance, up until 1840 there was a pilgrimage to the stave church in Røldal (southwest Norway) whose crucifix was said to have healing powers. Today, however, Sankthansaften is largely regarded as a secular or even pre-Christian event.
In most places the main event is the burning of a large bonfire. In parts of Norway a custom of arranging mock marriages, both between adults and between children, is still kept alive. The wedding was meant to symbolize the blossoming of new life. Such weddings are known to have taken place in the 1800s, but the custom is believed to be older.
It is also said that if a girl puts flowers under her pillow that night, she will dream of her future husband."

So the Hubs and I headed down to Dragavika, a fjord about a thirty minute walk from our house, with a picnic dinner to see the midsummer pyre and wade with the puppies a little...

We went around the bay from the entrance trail to set up was crazy how many folks showed up to grill, and enjoy the day!

The Grill-master and his assistants...

Just checking for quality before the ribs hit the grill....

Hard at work creating an impromptu beachside grilling masterpiece for two!

And finally, at around 9:00p.m., they lit the pyre! It was huge and you could hear it burning from across the water where we were! After channeling our pagan pyro roots, we packed up shop, and walked home with exhausted puppies and full bellies of grilled ribs and veggie hot dogs alike.

Happy Summer Solstice, everyone!