To many June signifies the start of Summer, although the season doesn’t officially start till the Summer Solstice which falls on June 21 this year. Americans are not the only ones who celebrate the onset of Summer. In the countries of Finland and Sweden, Midsummer is a national holiday and day of celebration. Continue reading to learn more about Finish Midsummer celebrations.
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Holidays celebrated around the world in June (this is not an exhaustive list, please comment with additional holidays and celebrations):
Madaraka Day: Kenya
Republic Day: Italy
Independence Day: Tonga
Constitution Day: Denmark
National Day: Sweden
Memorial Day: South Korea
Portugal Day: Portugal
Chaco Armistice: Paraguay
Independence Day: Philippines
Flag Day: United States of America
Icelandic Republic Day: Iceland
Labour Day: Trinidad and Tobago
Flag Day: Argentina
Midsummer's Eve: Finland, Sweden
Midsummer's Day: Finland*, Sweden
National Day: Luxembourg
Carabobo Day: Venezuela
Inti Raymi: Peru
Midsummer's Day: Andorra
Statehood Day: Croatia, Slovenia
Independence Day: Mozambique
Independence Day: Madagascar, Somalia
Independence Day: Djibouti
National Day: Seychelles
Feast of Saints Peter and Paul: Malta, Peru, Venezuela
Army Day: Guatemala
*June 23 - Midsummer in Finland is a national holiday, and a day to celebrate with friends and family, often at a cottage in the country. Fins commemorate the long summer sun (the skies stay at least partially light 24 hours a day during the summer season in Finland) with bonfires, bathing in saunas, barbecuing, fishing, boating and just generally enjoying country life. Midsummer is also a popular time for weddings. Long ago, the festivities would include casting spells in the hopes of increasing fertility, or of finding a spouse.
Rapport International works with customers who do business internationally or with culturally diverse customers, and we love to celebrate with our clients. We hope you’ve enjoyed the information above, and that you’ll join us in celebrating on a global level.