Midsummer’s Day is one of the highlights on the Estonian calendar. Estonians have never lost touch with their pagan roots and celebrating the Summer Solstice, the change in the farming year, goes back centuries. One of the most popular midsummer rituals enjoyed by Estonians is building a bonfire and then jumping over it. This is believed to guarantee prosperity (a good harvest) and to ward off bad luck. Other traditions include the use of fern blossoms and there’s always lots of music, singing and food to be had.
If you’re going to be in Tallinn for this public holiday, it might be a good idea to visit the Estonian Open Air Museum. For more information please refer to their website www.evm.ee