7:00 am EEST (GMT+3). This is the June 20 2020 daily proof of life post. Today is Midsummer 2020, the longest day of the year and a holiday in Finland. It’s always on the Saturday closest to the actual solstice. Most of the festivities started last night, including the wearing of traditional costumes, dancing around the maypole, and staying up all night drinking.
As a result, a lot of places closed early yesterday. Others are still closed today, or won’t open until the afternoon. It’s a pretty low-key holiday, but then again, most holidays in Finland seem pretty mellow to me. Folks will get together and barbecue. They’ll hang out at the beach, camp in the woods, or go berry picking.
The one thing people will definitely do is spend at least part of the day outdoors. Some people will spend the entire weekend outdoors. The whole reason Midsummer is a big deal hear, and why the whole country pretty much shuts down for the month of July, is because there’s actually sunlight. Winters here are dark, with effectively no sunshine for four months. When it’s nice outside, you make the most of it.
Katie and I aren’t doing much of anything. We will probably go for a walk, and she’ll being her berry-picking bucket just in case she discovers some juicy delicious treasures. I’ll grill some fish and sausages, and eat some ice cream. Mostly we’ll be enjoying the weather, appreciating the sunshine while it’s here just like everyone else.