If you have ever experienced a bright summer's night in Denmark, you will understand why more and more Danes prefer to spend their holidays in their own country. Months of winter darkness make Danes yearn for light and enjoy every second of the cherished rays of sun. There are probably few other nations where, as the sun-craving and winter pale Danes, people regard the sun as an important source of vitamin C!
Finally Summer! But we do get sunlight in abundance when summer finally arrives. The longest day is 17 hours and 27 minutes. And every year on 23 June we celebrate these long days on what we call Saint John's Eve. All along Denmark's almost 7,500 kilometres of coastline, we Danes gather large piles of dry branches and twigs for our bonfire night, transforming the night by a stroke of a match. While the flames are mirrored in the calm sea and the mild evening air starts to cool, people gather around the bonfires to warm themselves by the flames while the beautiful midsummer night song from 1885 by the national poet Holger Drachmann is lifted to the occasion.
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