Midsummer in pictures

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Midsummer also known as St. John’s day, Summer Solstice is a feast celebrated in many European countries- in some countries more, in some less. In Latvia Midsummer is celebrated very widely, 23d and 24th June are National holidays in which a lot of people go to the countryside and celebrate Midsummer together with family or friends!

This year we even had a Midsummer weekend- the holidays started at Saturday ( 20th of June) and lasted till Tuesday included ( 24th of June)! As usual I spent these holidays together with my family at the countryside where my grandparents live, approximitely 10km away from city Ventspils. I had a lot of fun and I was very happy to spend these holidays together with my closest family as I do miss them dearly! As to the countryside I went on Sunday’s evening, me and my cousin had a lot of time not only to help grandma with gardening, but also we managed to have two photo shoots! I cannot wait to show you the outcome as pictures turned out amazing! Especially the ones that we captured at the golden hour in a beautiful rapeseed field right after rain!

On Midsummer Eve we lighted a big bonfire, ate traditional Latvian Midsummer food ( cheese with caraways, patties with meat, barbecue etc) and drank beer ( though as I don’t particularly like beer, I drank wine- a big wine lover here! :D). We also made traditional flower wreaths ( wreaths with flowers for women; wreaths with oak leaves for men), I made mine from jasmines and I must say that jasmines are ah-mazing! Their scent is truly heavenly! 
Do you celebrate Midsummer in your country? If, yes, then how?
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Šogad man liekas, ka bija vieni vislietainākajiem Jāņiem! Par laimi tā kā svētkus svinēju Kurzemē, jeb precīzāk vecvecāku laukos aptuveni 10km no Ventspils lietus nebija tik bieža parādība kā citur Latvijā! Uz laukiem jau devos svētdienas vakarā, lai jau laicīgi paspētu sagatavoties kā arī palīdzēt omai ar dārza darbiem, jeb ravēšanu un izbaudīt Latvijas lauku burvību! Starp citu to varēsiet ieraudzīt ne tikai šī raksta bildēs, bet arī kādos nākamajos rakstos, jo laukos kopā ar māsīcu uztaisījām divus nelielus “fotošūtus” un gala rezultāts ir patiešām fantastisks, jo vienā no bildēšanās reizēm mums izdevās notvert zelta stundu, jeb laika posmu pirms saules rieta!
Jāņus kā jau vienmēr pavadīju ģimenes lokā un man liels prieks, ka vismaz vienreiz gadā mūsu varu redzēt savu ģimeni pilnā sastāvā, jo atzīšos, ka pietrūkst tā man ļoti, ļoti! Protams, ievērojām visas Jāņu tradīcijas: iededzām ugunskuru, ēdām Jāņu sieru, pīrādziņus, šašliku un dzērām alu, lai gan tā kā man alus negaršo, es tā vietā izvēlējos vīnu! Nopinām arī skaistos puķu un ozollapu vainagus- savējo šogad izvēlējos taisīt no jasmīniem, manuprāt, vainadziņš sanāca ļoti skaists un smaržoja galvu reibinoši!
Kā Tu pavadīji šos svētkus? 🙂

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My aunt’s flower wreath from oak leaves, peonies, jasmines, cornflowers and wild meadow flowers/ Manas tantes puķu vainadziņš no ozollapām, peonijām, jasmīniem, rudzupuķēm un vēl dažādām pļavas puķēm!
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Me and the youngest family member Kate / Es un jaunākā līgotāja Keita!
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Me and my boyfriend! / Ar savu puisi!
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My beautiful cousin Anita / Mana skaistā māsīca Anita
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My sister-in-law Laura baked two delicious honey cakes one with blueberry topping, one with raspberries! They were way too delicious! / Mana brāļasieva Laura uzcepa divas ļoooti garšīgas medus kūkas, vienu ar mellenēm otru ar avenēm!
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Mum and my niece & Kate ! / Mamma ar manu brāļameitiņu un Keitu!
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The beautiful sky & rainbow! / Skaistās debesis un varavīksne!
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If you are interested to see how I have celebrated Midsummer over the years click here; here & here!
Ja esi ieinteresēts/a redzēt kā esmu svinējusi Jāņus pēdējos gadus vari apskatīt rakstus šeit; šeit un šeit!

~With love~
Maddie
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