I love holidays, particularly the old school holidays. Fertility rituals, Dionysian excess, and bonfires. Nothing says summer quite like a bonfire! My friend and colleague Kai Hanninen is off enjoying the Finnish holiday of Juhannus, which sounds a lot more exciting than our Father's Day. I'm going to do a pale imitation of Juhannus here this weekend: grill the last steaks from 2005's steer and open the bottle of Vieux Telegraphe that I've been saving in the cellar. A citronella tiki torch will have to do for a bonfire. In addition to Midsummer we're also celebrating my wife's tenure, and our daughter's 8 month anniversary.
Juhannus also seems to be the occaision for rock festivals. Check out the headliner for Joensuun Juhannus: Lordi!
Author: AndyJuhannus in English would be something like "Midsummer" but the actual feeling behind the word doesn't translate. Here are some pics of my family in 2004 at our Juhannus celebration at our mökillä (means cabin or summer house) in 2004. Is is up north of our hometown of Toivala near a town called Iisalmi. I live in the States but my family is still back in Finland. Father and cousin Minna: http://www.burnmytime.com/gallery.php?action=viewImage&image_id=201 Our lake: http://www.burnmytime.com/gallery.php?action=viewImage&image_id=171 The whole family out in front of mökillä: http://www.burnmytime.com/gallery.php?action=viewImage&image_id=170 The family as we start the bonfire: http://www.burnmytime.com/gallery.php?action=viewImage&image_id=169
Author: SeanLooks like a beautiful place, Andy, but are you sure that's summer? People are wearing sweaters and jackets ;)
Author: AndyI found that band Lordi and wow are they weird: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=56085586