Midsummer is one of the most important days for us Finns - we will admire bonfires (except on Åland*, where people will dance around a Midsummer pole), get drunk (drowning is optional), eat lots of fish and new potatoes. Girls might do some traditional spells in order to get the boy of their dreams - one of the more common "spells" is to pick seven different kinds of flowers, jump over seven fences, and put the flowers under your pillow - if you're lucky, you'll dream about your future husband. He might also visit your dreams if the sock on your left foot is insideout. (now, I should probably try these to find out who would marry an oddball like me :)).
My plan for this weekend is to rest - I honestly feel like I've just crashed into a wall. So, tonight will be all about eating good food and entertaining slightly mad relatives at the cottage**. Tomorrow I will spend some quality time with two really good friends, we have planned a "meatless and alcohol-free" celebration with a lot of delicious food and laughter!
* Although the midsummer pole is the most common way to celebrate midsummer here on ÅLand, I've only visited one once - in my family we adhere to Finnish traditions.
** one of the visitors is my aunt, who also is a translator (she has translated a lot of famous British and American writers into Finnish), and talking to her always gives new perspectives on things.