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!