Sankt Hans; Danish Midsummer

Sankt Hans – 23 of June

Sankt Hans is a Danish Midsummer celebrated on the evening of 23 June. Every year, in every city there are bonfires on beaches and in parks.  They are accompanied by concerts, speeches, and picnics.

Please note, that this year – due to the long period without rain – many places it is not allowed to do the bonfires, so Midsummer this year, might be a bit alternative and different, depending on where in Denmark you live. In the Copenhagen Region, most places it is not allowed to make a bonfire.
Midsummer has been celebrated since the times of the Vikings by lighting up a large bonfire to ward away evil spirits. In the 1920s, the tradition of putting a witch made of straw and cloth on the bonfire emerged as a remembrance of the church’s witch burnings from 1540 to 1693. This burning sends the “witch” away to Bloksbjerg, the mountain Brocken in Germany, where the great witch gathering was thought to be held on this day.
Most neighborhoods have their own events, which are open to everyone. Very often it’s on the beach, by a lake or in the local park, like for example Tivoli or Frederiksberg Have or Bakken.
You can find bigger Sankt Hans events this year, the following places:
Tivoli in Copenhagen!
Frederiksberg Have in Frederiksberg!
Islands Brygge in Copenhagen!
Midsummer party at Reffen (Copenhagen Street Food)!
BAKKEN in Klampenborg Especially for the children the world’ oldest amusement park “Bakken” in Klampenborg celebrates Sankt Hans with a lot of entertainments for the children and also adults!

We hope you have a great Sankt Hans!

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