12 Strangely Wonderful Summer Solstice Celebrations Around the World

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From bonfires to floral crowns, there’s no wrong way to celebrate the start of summer.

Sankt Hans Aften in Copenhagen, Denmark

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The Danes spend St. John’s Eve, known locally as Sankt Hans Aften, dining with family and friends, followed by the lighting of bonfires (where a straw effigy of a witch, a pagan symbol of winter or death, is thrown on the fire) and the singing of Holger Drachmann's Midsommervise, or Midsummer Song (1885). The country’s most iconic burnings take place on the beaches of Amager, along Nyhavn in Copenhagen, and on Frederiksberg Garden's lake.

12 Strangely Wonderful Summer Solstice Celebrations Around the World

Sankt Hans Aften in Copenhagen, Denmark

The Danes spend St. John’s Eve, known locally as Sankt Hans Aften, dining with family and friends, followed by the lighting of bonfires (where a straw effigy of a witch, a pagan symbol of winter or death, is thrown on the fire) and the singing of Holger Drachmann's Midsommervise, or Midsummer Song (1885). The country’s most iconic burnings take place on the beaches of Amager, along Nyhavn in Copenhagen, and on Frederiksberg Garden's lake.

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