Finland, the country of our precious berries is getting ready to celebrate the most important holiday of the year, the Midsummer. Midsummer is quite a magical time of the year as the sun never sets and the nights are white. It is seen as the beginning of the summer and many Finns begin their summer holidays on Midsummer.
Usually cities get very quiet as everyone travels to the countryside to relax and to spend some time with family and friends. The traditions include bathing in saunas, lighting bonfires and enjoying the nature by boating and fishing. This magical time is also a popular season for weddings.
Seasonal delicacies crown also this holiday. The typical Midsummer table is set with the first harvest of the summer - young potatoes, fresh onions and herring. Barbecue grills are set in the garden and grilled meat, sausages, fish and vegetables are enjoyed as well.
When the beginning of the summer has been warm enough, fresh strawberries make the dessert with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Rhubarb is also the delicacy of the season and makes wonderful pastries and juice. It is time to celebrate!
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