The Danish celebration of Midsummer Eve started as the heathen celebration of midsummer with the many old traditions. Later on it became a celebration of the sacred saint John, in Danish called Hans and thus the Danish word for Midsummer Eve - Sankt Hans or Sct. Hans. Therefore the celebration always is on the evening of 23 June which is the day before sct. John's day on 24 June.
Today Midsummer Eve in Denmark is typically celebrated with a Midsummer Eve bonfire with the burning of a figure as a witch, a speech and the singing of the song Midsommervisen - a Danish song written by the Danish poet Holger Drachmann.
Visit the Top of Denmark during June and participate in one of the many Midsummer Eve events in the area. There are many opportunities of enjoying Midsummer Eve with bonfire, speeches and enjoyable time. Find the events below.
Today the Danes traditionally put a figure dressed as a witch on the bonfire for Midsummer Eve. This tradition was not started until in the beginning of the 1900s. Until then witch burnings were not especially connected with Midsummer. The tradition is allegely from Germany where figures are burned at other annual festivals as well.