Midsummer and locust fire, Denmark

There is a long tradition in the whole scandinavian landscape to celebrate the summer solstice in the middle of the year. In Sweden they call it Midsummer which is on the 24th of June, but in Denmark it is called the locust fire which enlights the whole Danish coast every year in the night from the 23rd to the 24th of June. Last year I was fortunate enough to be in Blokhus, a small town in the south of Denmark, to experience the locust fire celebrations myself.

We were lucky with the weather. Even if it was a little bit windy, the sun came out in the early evening and lots of people had picnics in the dunes, listened to live music on the beach and ate some hotdogs and ice cream. But the official beginning of the event was at 6pm at the market square with some marching bands and child choirs from Norway. After almost one hour we walked together to the fireplace on the beach. On the top of the pyre was a scarecrow which is to drive out demons.

The fire was kindled at 8.30 pm. It was a colorful spectacle right before the ocean. We hurried down the coast with the dogs to the next fireplace which was a bit smaller but just as beautiful. There were only a few people and we watched the fire burning while an awesome sunset was happening… So, as you can see the midsummer spectacles can be very charming and impressive. Don’t hesitate and experience it yourself. I really recommend a trip to Denmark or even Sweden for the celebrations in June.


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