Midsummer is the most important summer festival celebrated in one way or another by every Finn. The Midsummer festival marks the end of spring and the beginning of high summer. Midsummer Night is the culmination of growth and the complete awekening of nature.
It was a Finnish custom to bring trees, branches, herbs and flowers to the yard of dwellings, to prepare a special meal of milk and eggs and to stay awake the whole night playing games, making magic, listening for the future.
Lighting a bonfire is the high point of Midsummer night. Originally, bonfires were only part of the eastern Finnish Midsummer celebrations. Nowadays, Midsummer fires are lit all over Finland.