Copenhagen: Sankt Hans Festival

Copenhagen: Sankt Hans Festival

Each year, on June 23rd, Denmark plays host to Sankt Hans: a medieval “witch-burning” festival of Nordic tradition. I see your confusion: witches aren’t burned alive anymore, they’re offered contracts for baring cleavage on American shows like ‘Charmed’! Unsurprisingly, no one gets torched at Sankt Hans – it’s actually a celebration involving pagan rituals that marks midsummer’s eve. When night falls, stakes resembling witches are set ablaze all over Copenhagen. This soon turns into a bonfire involving plenty of drunkenness and merriment – an absolute must for pyromaniacs .

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