In Praise of the Sun: Celebrating Midsummer in the Lomographic World

2011-06-23

Today, the world celebrates Midsummer’s Eve, a feast dedicated to the sun, especially important in Northern Europe. To celebrate, let us take a look at some awe-inspiring photos of bonfires and the dazzling sun in the Lomographic world!

Midsummer’s Eve is one of the important summer holidays in the world, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. Midsummer’s Day is traditionally celebrated in Europe on June 24, after the summer solstice or the longest day. But festivities begin on the eve of Midsummer’s Day, marked by bonfires, dancing, and some traditional customs and rituals.

The celebration has its roots in ancient, pre-Christian times, and is associated with magic, witchcraft, fairies, and fertility (especially in Sweden). People lit bonfires to try and strengthen the sun, as it appeared to get dimmer and weaker after the longest day. They also served as protection against evil spirits, which were thought to roam freely once the sun begins to turn southwards once more.

Now, it’s time for us to have our analog celebration of Midsummer’s Eve through photos of blazing bonfires and the majestic sun in the Lomographic world!

Credits: life_on_mars, haemoglobinisthekey, onewobblybadger, friedape, abbylew & zoe191
Credits: aalper, vicccf, bravebird, sandkorn, reneg88, jillpossible, plasticpopsicle, lawypop, wang-wang & mral

Sources/Additional Readings:

Midsummer's Eve and Midsummer's Day
Midsummer on Wikipedia
Midsummer in Scandinavia: The Midsummer's Eve Traditions

written by plasticpopsicle on 2011-06-23 #midsummer #sun #bonfire #lifestyle #summer #analogue-lifestyle #lomography #summer-solstice

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