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Today is called Sankt Hans in Denmark.🔥 Although many cultures celebrate Midsummer – the shortest night of the year – with fire, in Denmark the night is infused with customs that harken back to darker and more superstitious times in the country’s history.
Sankt Hans Aften (St. John’s Eve) takes its name from John the Baptist, who according to Christian tradition was born six months before Jesus. With Christmas celebrated on December 24th in Denmark, that puts John’s birthday on June 24th. The tradition of celebrating the eve of his birthday with a bonfire dates back to the 1600s.
Although the holiday is nominally Christian, it is built upon pagan traditions. According to legend, the summer solstice is a night imbued with evil, a night in which witches make their way to the Brocken, the highest summit in the Herz mountains in northern Germany. In order to ward off those broomstick-riding witches and their evil troll accomplices, Danes light a bonfire to keep the spooky forces at bay.
And if that weren’t enough, the bonfires themselves are topped with a witch figure which is set ablaze on a night when Danes eat, drink and make merry in recognition of summer’s peak and the coming of longer nights.
While the witch burning has survived the years, the old tradition of collecting and consuming magical herbs has mostly been replaced by getting together with family and friends for dinner and drinks.
While the witches being burned on Sankt Hans Aften are of the paper and hay variety, roughly 1,000 real men and women convicted of witchcraft were burned alive in Denmark in the 16th and 17th centuries. The last ‘witch’ to be killed in this way was Anne Palles, a Danish woman accused of sorcery and executed in 1693 on the island of Falster.
Sankt Hans Aften is traditionally seen as the peak of summer and associated with beautiful late sunsets, but Denmark's climate often sees to it ending up a very wet affair, like tonight ☔️ Let's celebrate intuitive, herbal and guided magical work from now on. Let's celebrate our vølva ancestors. Let's celebrate light, love and laughter 💖🔥🌱🔮✨ 📸 @isabellehjorth
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Sankt Hans-Aften am Strand von Blåvand #sankthans #mitsommer #blåvandshuk #blavand #nordsee

Flot bål at varme sig på en grå sankthansaften ved Vanløse af @koenroeg 🔥☁ #tv2vejret #vanløse #sankthans

Happy Saint John’s Eve! (or ”Sankt Hans Aften” as we say in Danish). Every year, Danes come together to celebrate the solstice. The tradition derives from an old heathen tradition, which since became Christianised.
Today, a part of the celebration is to light a big fire with a wooden Witch on the top. The fire was originally meant to scare the forces of evil away. (Picture: VisitDenmark) #sankthans #saintjohn #tradition #fire #witchcraft

Sankthans. Heksene er vores venner. Det er Trump ikke. Så han røg på bålet. #sankthans #midsommer

Café julino 2017 - foi bão dimais, pessuar! Anarriê! 🌽🎣🔥❤️

Hygge 🙏🏼❤️🇩🇰 #cricaju #denmark #danmark #dinamarca #sankthans sankthansaften

Sankt Hans kinda dinner 🔥
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Sidder lige og kigger billeder fra Sankt hans , årh det er så hyggeligt at mødes om et dejligt stort og varmt bål 😀 #sankthans #bål #bonfire #sammenmedfamilien #drømmemigtilbage #brændepåbålet 😍

"Pelle Haleløs fejrer Sankt Hans" og "Pelle Haleløs i Amerika" af Gösta Knutsson. Udgivet af Børnenes Nye Bogklub i 1982 og 1986. Dejlige billedbøger med søde illustrationer - begge i fin stand✨

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Sankt Hansblus på Skagen strand af Krøyer 🔥 #sankthans #skagenmalerne 🇩🇰

It's this time of year already... Quick 5km run with 280m elevation 🏃‍♂️😄 #ASICSFrontrunner #IMoveMe #ASICSFrontrunnerSweden #lund

Familie billedet vi altid tager på min mors fødselsdag 💙💙💙❤️❤️ Lige om lidt skal vi undvære Johan, Tobias, Isabel og deres mor. Jeg kommer til at savne dem ubeskriveligt😓 De skal bo i Brasilien 6 mdr...
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Saint Hans v/s Midsummer
Vikings and Germanic people used to celebrate the Midsummer feast around the 23rd of June. The reason is that that day, is the longest day of the year and from that point of time, it can only stay less time in the sky. To give the sun more strength, the popular belief was to light fire as high as the sky. This was a day of celebration and where that was though the gods were closer to the people.
When Christians came, trying to convert most of the pagan traditions, they impose the fact that Saint John the Baptist was born 6 months before Jesus and that day the devil is around, so the fire is a way to purify and fight the evil (therefore witch burning day), exactly the 24th of June, switching the tradition and changing the purpose of it. #scandinavia #vikings #midsommer #sankthans #history #germanicpeople #vikings #scandinavia #history #germanicpeople #travel #food #lifestyle #europe #norse #culture #runes #facts #tips

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