|Forum topic by mafe||posted 06-27-2012 08:45 AM||1465 views||0 times favorited||21 replies|
06-27-2012 08:45 AM
Midsummer pallet fire in Denmark
Alternative use of pallets.
In Denmark we have a tradition since mid. 1800 to celebrate the midsummer feast, in Danish called Sankt Hans (our name for John the Baptist). (Some sources believe it is a German tradition that we have taken, in Germany called Walpurgisnacht, but no one knows for sure, since we probably celebrated the day with fires and a feast and then took over some of the rituals and modernized it).
In the old days the midsummer was also a big feat here in the North, it was the day of celebrating the light, plenty of drinking, play, love and food on an evening where people collected heeling herbs, holy water and other stuff that had magic effect or served the old Nordic Gods.
The midsummer feast we do by making fires along the coast, on these fires we put a witch to symbolize all the bad spirits and then we turn on the fire and sing together the midsummer song, while the witch is ‘send of’ on the fire.
My girlfriend Sisse has been a guest there for many years and she is the one who makes the witch with the kids, I think she did a wonderful job this year with a classy simple one that matched the fire.
The night started with a violent rain so we were all a little worried.
Thank you Nicola and Jannik for a wonderful evening.
(Of course I could not help thinking of all the LJ pallet projects that could have been made, but it brought so much joy that it was well worth it).
The best of my thoughts,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.