Midsummer is extremely important time for celebration for Finns. People flock into summer cottages and celebrate the long, light summer nights. No matter what is the weather, people leave the cities and head towards lake side cottages, festivals, camping sites – being close to lakes & nature, seems to be essential.
For nearly 20 years, we have spent Midsummer time by Takajärvi, ” the Lake Taka”, by the summer cottage of my in laws, who have kindly offered a place for a crowd of “Midsummer Orphans”.
This year the cottage become ours, and tradition continued. And about 20 adults and 15 kids celebrated the summer again together. It was exceptionally rainy and cold – somehow it did not seem to matter, it was nice to be back to Takajärvi with friends. Some of our children have spend all their Midsummers here, with the “Midsummer Family”.
This year people shared their feelings also via Facebook statuses & discussions – and with Twitter, and with pictures in Flickr …
Merja … “observes nature’s cycles: the second generation of the Midsummer Family sits at the lakeside playing guitar. Suddenly we have a gang of teenagers instead of children.” “… enjoys life …”
Kaisa … “ +10c and rain; several really new, fun-related innovations done. “
We were talking about social media, laughing to ourselves sitting next to each other, and posting comments on Facebook. Social media enables us to stay connected also other times. Some are more active than others. And we have been using social media for practicalities as well … invitations are sent by -e-mail, including a link to Doodle - where we can see when people will arrive and leave. This year Rita co-ordinated responsibilities for various meals. In 2007 we were using Kotikokki - for sharing menu & recipes.
This year my friend Kristiina was arranging at the same time “Midsummer Festival Simulation Party” in winter weather at Pretoria, South-Africa, which was far warmer than we had. And we were also exchanging ideas how to simulate Finnish midsummer into other side of the world…
Together we try out new things, share experiences and learn and enjoy life. It is all about meaningful connections among people… Even I enjoy experimenting with social media – I am also already looking forward for the 20th Year Anniversary Midsummer Festivals by Takajärvi!