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Midsummer Eve in Norway

Midsummer's Eve on June 23 is the evening before St. John's Day, also known as Jonsok in Norwegian.

Is Midsummer Eve a Public Holiday?

Midsummer Eve is not a public holiday. It falls on Sunday, June 23, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Sunday opening hours in Norway.

Bonfire by the water on Midsummer Eve in Sognefjord.

Bonfire by the water in Balestrand, Sognefjord.

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The Midsummer's Eve bonfire is one of the oldest known bonfire celebrations in Norway. In older times, people also used to light bonfires at other Church festivals such as Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. The flames were believed to guard against evil spirits, which, according to old folklore were particularly active on Midsummer's Eve.

Improved Fire Protection

Regulations for fire protection have been strengthened in the past decades, and today, there are far fewer bonfires than before. In some areas, people organize large public fires, while others still make bonfires on private properties.

Midsummer Eve Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday Type
2015TueJun 23Midsummer EveObservance
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