Feast of Sankt Hans

St. John’s Eve
Annually on the 23rd of June
  • Sankt Hans celebrated on a beach at Hornbæk, Denmark. Photo by Sara E.

Danes mark the summer solstice on the eve before the feast of Sankt Hans (St. John the Baptist) with fires on the beach. Traditionally that celebration has included a dinner, the burning of an effigy of a witch on top of the bonfire, speeches, drinks and singing.