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News, 7/3/2013

Midsummer traditions connects Nordic and Baltic countries

Pohjoismaiden suurlähettilläät ja Liettuan presidenttiFor the first time in Lithuania Midsummer celebration was organized by Nordic Embassies together with the Nordic Chambers of Commerce at Botanical Garden in Kairėnai. Celebrated long before the Christian times, Midsummer - Sankt Hans aften in Denmark, Jonsokin in Norway, Juhannus in Finland, Midsommar in Sweden -is still one of the biggest events in Nordic countries so why not join around the same maypole and bonfire!

At midsummer, the people in the Nordic countries celebrate the midnight sun and the lightest time of the year. It is a start of summer season. The long winter is far behind and one can enjoy the long days of summer. The Nordic Midsummer celebration was enjoyed by the representatives from Nordic companies, diplomatic corps, politicians, high-level officials, business and cultural partners in cooperation and of course the Nordic community living in Vilnius.

President Dalia Grybauskaitė also took part in the Nordic Midsummer Celebration. "Lithuania and the Nordic countries are linked by common values, shared perceptions and similar traditions. Unique cooperation between the Baltic and Nordic countries has made the region one of the strongest in the European Union. I wish that cultural and every-day friendly contacts between our people would continue growing stronger and stronger," the President said.

In a beautiful setting of Botanical Garden the guests enjoyed the Nordic cuisine and national feast made by each Embassy chef. Special midsummer cocktails, for example Helsinki Mule, were created by Finlandia Vodka bartenders. Relaxation area was organized by Isku outdoor furniture where people enjoyed the refreshments by Volfas Engelman.

Midsummer still holds a powerfull magic, especially to see the future. Inspired by the magical flower wreaths, huge Danish bonfire, beautifully decorated Swedish maypole, traditional Norwegian folk dances and Finnish tangos Dalia Grybauskaitė proposed that the four Nordic countries and three Baltic States celebrate Midsummer together next year. The President expressed her strong wish that the Northern European region should be consolidated not only by political, energy and economic ties, but also by warm traditional gatherings that bring friends and close neighbors together.Pohjoismaiden suurlähettiläät lavallaJuhannussalkoJuhannusruokailu





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Updated 7/3/2013

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