23 June 2012

"St. John's Eve" - Linols on the Estonian Folksongs / Jüri Arrak

"St. John's Eve" / Jüri Arrak / Estonia.
"Jaaniõhtu" / Jüri Arrak
"Иванова ночь" / Юри Аррак / Эстония.

Postcard, 1974.
My collection.


  1. Yes, the best-known midsummer or Jaaniõhtu ritual in Estonia is the lighting of the bonfire and jumping over it. This is seen as a way of guaranteeing prosperity and avoiding bad luck. The fire also frightened away mischievous spirits. So, the bigger the fire, the further the mischievous spirits stayed away.


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