Comments for en-gb 30 Fri 22 May 2015 08:59:54 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at Varisha Hi Jan,Fascinating! This message is really informative. This is the fist time I have heard about this tradition. I really love learning about other cultures. We don't do anything on 24th of June but here in Northern Ireland last week we had a multicultural event. It involved people from different cultures (chinese, indian, irish, scotish)doing something at this event. There were quite a lot of dances, music and singing and food at the end. It was really an interesting event. Take careNegee Mon 28 Jun 2010 12:50:12 GMT+1 learner_E Hi Jan,I never paid attention to the summer solstice before I saw this post. Then I go to ask the goole.I found that some races will celebrate it.Summer solstice is not a very important fest in our country.But the winter solstice is an important fest.So we just celebrate the winter solstice.Best wishes,Niu Sat 26 Jun 2010 02:27:51 GMT+1 rafaell Good day Jan,A very knowledgeable entry. I really enjoy reading your blog on this particular topic. I think, this is such an event that celebrates by most people in the european countries. I'm currently staying Denmark, and managed to watch (for the first time in my life) such a beautiful event which i think is the same with the one that you celebrate in Russia. They called it Sankt Hans Eve or midsummer. Sankt Hans Eve, was originally a pagan festival, where the year's shortest and longest day was celebrated. And some said, it is to remember the 'witch burning' tragedy that happened many decades ago. However, the event here wasn't as big as what you have in Russia or people in Bulgaria. There's no traditional customs or dance. People just gathered around, chatting, eating, grilling foods and have a small picnic with their families and friends and wait till 9.30 p.m to start singing their traditional song. But I did enjoy seeing the celebration. It was a memorable experience =) p/s :Oh by the way, i am from Brunei and i'm not sure if there's any asian country celebrate Saint John feast. Fri 25 Jun 2010 11:27:15 GMT+1 Victor_Petrovsky Hi JanI love this fest. It is one of a small number that has no connection with politics. Its roots are on a nature and lay far in the time so nobody associated this fest with Christian Church. It’s a fest for everybody. You can celebrate it if you are Christian, Muslim and Buddhist or have your own God, if you are black, white or speckled. Fri 25 Jun 2010 10:34:41 GMT+1 EnglishLearner Dear Jan, thanks for interesting post. Actually, I think you have facinating traditions in your country. In Egypt, our traditions are totally different from yours.I would like to add that I didn't do any thing special last 24th of june as my work keeps me so busy all the time but I hope to get some spare time soon so, I could have some fun.By the way, this is my first time I comment in this useful blog and I hope to learn a lot.Best regards, Fri 25 Jun 2010 09:58:29 GMT+1 Jan Hi Elisabeth!Thanks for help! You're right, I mean, Russia and Bulgaria both are Slavic countries.Good day!Jan Fri 25 Jun 2010 09:44:10 GMT+1 Pinokio89 Hello, Jan!I'm from Brazil and here we have commemorations like you related.There is much food and fires. Ok. I want to continue but my English is little and poor... Fri 25 Jun 2010 09:20:35 GMT+1 Elisabeth Hello, Jan,It's always fascinating to hear and read and see photos of customs and traditions in different countries, and it's always very interesting to read your blogs!! In Austria we celebrate summmer solstice on 21 June, by the way. That is, if we celebrate at all. I remember in the village where I grew up we used to have a big fire around that time. The original intention was probably to burn all the remainders of the dark winter season and to ward off threats to the summer's harvest. We also used to burn a large straw puppet in the bonfire, and when it had burned down low enough, the young people would jump over the fire. When we walked home after the fire, we would watch out for glowworms. Nice memories, but where I live now, near Vienna, there are no fires and no celebrations. As will be the case everywhere, these things are largely confined to rural areas. Sadly, even there one sometimes gets the impression that it's for the sake of tourism only that the old customs are preserved - with showy, commercially oriented elements being added to the original thing. But I'm touching a different issue there - the blessing and the curse of tourism, which is not our subject here.I'd just like to add that you probably wanted to say that Russia and Bulgaria both are Slavic countries. Slovenian refers to the very nice little country (south of my own little country), Slovenia. Correct me if I'm wrong, anyone.All the best,Elisabeth Fri 25 Jun 2010 07:15:00 GMT+1 Farida Arum Hi, Jan... it's a nice post of you..Reading your post makes me know about your tradition on 24th of June.I have friend from Russia who now stays in Bali, Indonesia. But he never told me about this tradition. Well, Jan... I am from Indonesia. We have no such special tradition on 24th of June. But, you know that Indonesia consists of more than 200 tribes/ethnic and more than 17.000 islands. So, every place,every ethnic has their own traditions, that are held in their own belief, and also with the messages and special meaning of the tradition. So, these things perfectly make me sure that this world is just so beautiful with these diversities of culture and tradition.Nice post, and keep the good work.Regards from Indonesia! ^_^ Fri 25 Jun 2010 03:54:41 GMT+1 Eny Hello, Jan!I am so happy to read your blog.I am Bulgarian and it's very interesting to read your opinion about Bulgaria. I didn't know that you have similar traditions in Russia on the 24th of June.It is believed in our country that if you roll in the grass at dew-fall early in the morning, you will be very healthy and strong. Thank you for your fascinating blog and be very healthy and happy! Thu 24 Jun 2010 20:05:47 GMT+1