Team Timberwise wishes you all happy and relaxing Midsummer 2017! We will be relaxing and charging our batteries by celebrating the Midsummer Festival during 23. – 25.6.2017. We will be back on work again on 26.6.2017.
We would like to remind you also about the approaching maintenance break which is during 3. – 16.7.2017. During that time there will not be any production. We will start our engines again on Monday 17.7.2017. Please remember to consider this when planning your schedules and orders.
Please find below some Finnish Midsummer myths. Please note that Timberwise will not take any responsibility on this if you choose to try some
1. Roll in dew
If you roll around naked in a wheat field, your future husband will appear in your life within a year. Dew was believed to have a healing effect and rolling in it was supposed to make you beautiful and healthy. Earlier, dew was even collected in cloths and pressed into bottles for the year to come.
2. Put a spell on a field
Find a four-leafed clover from the yard in the evening. Hide the clover under your shirt, next to your bosom. When the clock strikes midnight, let your hair loose and run to the field. Go around the field three times. When the person of your fancy will eat bread made out of the wheat from that specific field, he will fall in love with you.
3. Collect eight flowers
Collect eight different types of flowers from as many meadows. When going to bed, put the bouquet underneath your pillow. You will see “the one” in your dream. Flowers and plants have an important role in Midsummer celebrations. Previously, it was common to scatter tree leaves on the floors and build tree houses in the yards. Even cows were decorated with garlands, so as to secure a good year for the cattle and milk production.
4. Foresee from threads
On the day of Midsummer, go to a field of barley. Tie different coloured threads to sprouts of the exact same length. Each colour of the thread has its own meaning. For instance, black colour signifies sorrow, red – love. You can also decide the meaning of the colours yourself. The next morning, go back to see which one of the sprouts has grown the longest during the night. The colour of that thread will tell your destiny for the coming year.
5. Tie a bath whisk
Bath whisks are always made for the Midsummer sauna. They are usually made out of birch as its fresh leaves are soft and have a lovely fragrance. For your magic spell, the Midsummer bath whisk should be made out of eight different tree and flower types. After the sauna, throw the whisk on the roof of the sauna. Climb up after it and see where to the stem of the whisk points. That is the direction from which your future fiancé will come.
6. Listen to the first sound
In the wee hours of the night, climb up somewhere high – on a hill, on top of a fell or a big rock. To a place where it is easy to hear surrounding sounds. Your future husband will come from the same direction as the first sound of the morning. If you hear music, it means an approaching wedding. If you hear a child crying, it is a sign of birth.