Sankt Hans events in Denmark 2011
Midsummer night (Sankt Hans aften) – 23 June is a great celebration in Denmark. If the weather is nice you can experience a real magic evening.
Sankt Hans aften, the evening before the summer solstice, is celebrated everywhere in Denmark. The highlight of the evening is a large bonfire on which a figure, usually a witch, is burnt. Bonfires are built in meadows, parks, or on the beach, with enough space around them. Most people meet early at these places and have picnics. Usually an important person holds a speach and after the fire is lit and the witch burns, the partygoers sing traditional songs and celebrate.
Sankt Hans combines quite a few different traditions. The name itself derives from John the Baptist (Hans), and the witch at the stake refers of course to the witchburnings. The burning sends the “witch“ away to Bloksbjerg, a mountain in the Harz region of Germany. Moreover, herbs are said to have magical powers on this night.
Don't miss this evening. It can be really very nice. See the list below of where you could go to join the crowd.
Share the information widely.The more know about where to go the better.
If you know of other events, please post a comment to this page.
Share with your friends
The Worktrotter books
For those working with Danes and those trying to find work in Denmark.
This book is also aimed at those Danes who want to become conciously aware of the Danish workplace culture.
Find out how to decode Danish work culture, avoid pitfalls and know how you can bring your messages across when working with Danes.
For current and future newcomers to Denmark.
A practical step-by-step guide about living and working in Denmark. Save time, nerves and money. Be smart and do things right - right from the start.
No shipping fees worldwide!