Sankt Hans Aften – The Danish Bonfire Night

Sankt Hans Aften (St John’s Eve) is all many people are talking about this week as it is celebrated on the evening of the 23 June. It is the summer solstice celebration in Denmark (and other Scandinavian countries) which is typically marked by the burning of huge bonfires with a witch atop close to water. Across the beaches and lake areas on this evening there are big public and private gatherings with speeches, picnics and traditional songs which culminate with the burning of the bonfire.


We have been to the event in Frederiksberg Have a number of times and it gets very crowded but is great fun, even if the speeches do seem to go on for ever (and longer if your Danish isn’t great). Find your local celebration and enjoy a Bonfire Night in the warm!





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