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Juhannus

Now, in midsummer, Finnish people are celebrating this thing called Juhannus: it’s basically a celebration of midsummer and light, which we indeed have a lot of this time of year. I’m sure other countries have similar celebrations, but I thought I’d tell you how we celebrate it here in Finland!

So, first, the name juhannus actually comes from Christianity: some people say it’s the birthday of that guy who baptized Jesus. I think his name was John or something. The Finnish form of the name John is Johannes, so johannes, juhannus, see where the name comes from? However, I know exactly 0 people who really celebrate juhannus because of that. It used to be a festival related to the old religions here, from the time before our neighbours made us Christian.

When do we celebrate it, exactly? Well, since 1955, juhannus has been celebrated - in Finland and also in Sweden, but probably not as juhannus - on the Saturday between the 20th and 26th of June. This year juhannuspäivä (”juhannus day”) falls on 24th of June, while juhannusaatto (”juhannus eve”), which, according to my mom, is when most of the celebration takes place, is 23rd of June, the Friday before. Also known as yesterday at the moment I’m writing this. 

How do we celebrate? The most common way is to get together with friends, maybe go to a summer cottage, by the sea or one of our 187 888 lakes, and get drunk. Of course. Finns love all the holidays that give us a reason to get drunk. It’s a little sad, really. 

Of course, when you’re drunk, it’s a great idea to go for a swim, especially if you can’t actually swim while sober! That is why many people drown during juhannus, I checked the news just a while ago and already two people had done just that. It’s… also pretty sad, really.

Anyway, there are also people who don’t get terribly drunk on juhannus. I know, because most of my family belongs to this category. The way we usually spend juhannus is that we go to our summer cottage in the beautiful Turku archipelago, usually our grandparents and cousins are there too. We go swimming - while sober because we’d prefer not to drown - go to sauna, roast or barbecue sausages, and just enjoy the summer with the whole family. 

And, of course, a crucial part of celebrating juhannus is the juhannuskokko. Bonfires are burnt around the country. It’s a tradition! It was originally used to fend away evil spirits, I’ve heard. 

There are also specific ways to decorate your house during juhannus. The most common and simple way is perhaps the juhannuskoivu. People cut down small, young birch trees and tie them to the doorposts of the front door of the house. Wikipedia tells me that the same thing is practiced in Sweden, too, which is not a big surprise since we have been influenced by Sweden quite a lot. I mean, also not a surprise, since we were a part of it for ~600 years. Another common decoration are just… flowers. In my experience, at least.

In Finland’s Swedish-speaking areas and in Åland juhannussalko is a tradition too. It’s also used in Sweden, as well as similar things being used in other European countries, but usually during some other time than midsummer. It’s called a maypole in English, a tall, wooden pole decorated with flowers and such. People dance around it, and, I’m sure a lot of people know what they’re for. 

I mentioned sauna very quickly, but it is a tradition to go to sauna on juhannus. It’s called juhannussauna. You’re supposed to make a fresh vihta or vasta  - there is a lot of debate on which is the correct word - from the branches of the juhannuskoivus you just cut from the forest, though any birch tree is fine. When the vihta/vasta is made around juhannus, the leaves are as big as they’ll get but also still soft, so they’re perfect for what you’re supposed to use them for - hitting yourself and everyone else in the sauna with you. 

Yes, that is really their purpose, but you’re not supposed to hit them so hard it hurts, just… Hit them. Carefully. Not as if you were whipping them to death with a bunch of birch sticks and leaves. People do this other than on juhannus, too, by the way. I’ll make a post about saunas someday, so I’ll talk more about vihtas/vastas too. 

There are also a lot of music festivals in Finland during summer, and juhannusfestarit is a thing. A quick Google search tells me that this year alone there are at least 8 of these. There are other, smaller celebrations too, of course, and there is the event called juhannustanssit. People get together to… dance, really, and probably also to drink. I don’t know, I’ve never been to one, as far as I remember.  (Below a painting by Anders Zorn, called Midsommardans, the Finnish name is Juhannustanssit. Zorn was Swedish, though, but he was friends with a couple of famous Finnish artists, so it goes. It also has a juhannussalko in the background.)

Then, there is also the most important part of juhannus… Juhannustaiat! Juhannustaika is like a “spell”, usually to try to find our your future spouse or to get a good harvest. For most spells you had to be naked for them to work, had to run around fields and saunas and look into wells and jump over brooks and stuff, all while naked. There is, however, one juhannustaika that is still practiced to this day (not saying that the others aren’t, but I personally haven’t done any of those) though probably not that seriously. 

It’s very simple, and I’ll tell you how to do it, so you can use it some juhannus, wherever you live! If you can find flowers nearby, I mean. Anyway, it goes like this:

  1. Go outside.
  2. Find 7 different types of flowers.
  3. Pick at least 1 of each type of flower. (Some versions say you have to be naked while picking them, but it’s not necessary.)
  4. Go back inside.
  5. Place the flowers under your pillow.
  6. Go to sleep with the flowers still under your pillow.
  7. Dream.
  8. You should see your future spouse in the dream. 

Dating tips from DREV to you all. <3 And happy midsummer, hyvää juhannusta! (Or what’s left of it!)

anonymous asked:

i've been going through something similar lately. i've called myself a lesbian since i was 12 and now i'm 17 and starting to think i'm bi. im so confused :-(

yeah idk it just is shitty bc i came out as gay 2 my mom and she was like oh but u might find a guy and now i’m like -___- idk i feel like i’d be validating her words by the fact that i could potentially fall for a guy but also i don’t even know if i can do that bc i’ve only been legitimately attracted to one (1) guy who wasn’t even logically attainable so !! idk it’s just a big confusing fumbly jumbly mess i’ve really identified as a lesbian i thought i found my Word and i don’t want to make it all messy and obviously there’s nothing wrong w/ being bi but it makes me feel like a faker if i really do end up being it bc like you i’ve thought i’ve been gay for a long time and this is all just weird !!!!

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’’No way! oh he’s not going to beat us in there, that guy is always trying to one-up me!’’

‘‘Who is it?’‘

‘’Keith!’’

‘’Who?’’

‘’Are you sure?’’

Everytime I see that scene I picture two bff’s who saw the crush of one of them and just freak out like:

‘‘R U SURE IT WAS HIM BECKY?’‘

‘’OH I’D RECOGNIZE THAT STUPID MULLET ANYWHERE’’

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(Originally posted this on my Branch blog but decided to move it)

Hi, sorry I haven’t been active in a while guys! I’ve been dealing with some stuff, but to make it up to you, I bring you the pictures from my Christmas Vacation to Japan and the Philippines!

Branch and Poppy had fun lol

There’s more to come, but here they are for now! Some pics from Japan :D

My experience meeting Louis Tomlinson

So… I don’t know how I’m going to explain this, but I’ll try. (I’m sorry for my bad english, btw)

I was at home in pajamas, watching some geek videos, and then, my best friend texted me telling me to go and have dinner with her at the W hotel in Barcelona. I dressed up, and went there with her, and, by the time we arrived, we saw like a hundred of girls waiting outside, so we asked them why were they there, and they told us that Louis fucking Tomlinson was here with his step-dad. So we went at the bar for a drink while waiting for another friend, and, like 10 minutes later, a group of people in their 30’s/40’s came where we were, and Louis was with them. When I saw him, I didn’t realized that it was actually Louis Tomlinson standing in front of me, and I kind of freaked out. I was like “omg omg omg Alex it’s Louis omg I’m going to die”, and she was like “wow calm down”… nevermind.

A few minutes later, we went upstairs to the restaurant, and we saw that Louis and the others were there too, but like in a room for themselves. We had dinner freaking out a little, and, by the time we finished, we went out to the balcony to smoke, and 10 minutes later, Dan appeared from literally nowhere, and my friend was like “oh it’s Dan”, and I was trying really hard to not scream or something. So I checked my phone, and at the exact same moment my friend grabbed me by my arm and I turned out, and there he was. Louis Tomlinson. In the same couch as me. just beside me. I don’t know how I did it, but I actually talked to him like “hey how are u?”, and I tried to tell him to be careful because there was a l of people waiting for him downstairs (we knew that because this girls actually asked us to go and see if he was there), but, I mean, I’m half-french /half-spanish, and my english was sooo confusing, so he didn’t understand me well. But he was like, so so so cute, he told me “well… I don’t know what you’re trying to say to me, just, we’ll go step by step”, and my friend explained it to him, because I don’t know how but she could actually speak with a good english even if her mother tongue is french. Then, we talked to him like… we had a real conversation with him, talking about life, about what he was doing in barcelona, he asked us if we could give him a cigarette, we gave him one, we asked him for his lighter and he gave it to us (he told to my friend: “sure, love” :’) ), he tried to tell us some words in french, like, (joking), “ferme ta bouche” (wich is like: shut up) and I told him “well it’s better to say ferme ta gueule, it’s more… bad ass” (ferme ta gueule is shut the fuck up), and he actually laughed at it, then he checked what I was doing on my phone (I was trying to see myself ‘cause I had a bad face today), and he was like “wtf are u doing”… and then I don’t know, we talked for like 15 minutes more or less, and he was so so sooo sweet to us. At the beginning, when I saw him passing by, I was like “oh my god I’m going to die oh my god I guess it’ll bother him if I ask him for a picture..”, but not at all! He’s one of the sweetest famous people that I’ve met, really open-minded, and chilled out. He was talking to us like if we were friends, he explained to us what he was going to do, why he came here, etc. And I think it’s because of his behaviour that I didn’t freaked out and I could talk to him so easily, we were fucking joking with him, I mean, now I think about that and I just can’t believe it.

He’s also sooo much prettier (if that’s possible) in person, and not that small ;) and he seemed so happy. 

When he was going to leave, I asked him for a picture, and he laughed and said “I saw that coming”, and he gave my phone to Dan, and this guy…. he took a selfie… and then Louis was like “oh my god that’s a really bad joke”, and Dan laughed and then took the actual picture. Then they leaved, and Louis told us “Aurevoir!”, supeeer duper cuuuute :’)

I’m sure that I’m leaving some details in the story, but it was 2 hours ago and I’m still shaking, but the essential is here :)

If you ever have the chance to have him this close, just, be nice to him, I assure you that he’ll be just as sweet!

Here’s the picture :D

Oh, and here is Dan taking a selfie:

thanks for reading !

anonymous asked:

I'm pretty sure that the guys in those two scenes are the "not cool enough" guys and then Even brought his own friends, who are the ones in the scene where Isak walks past Even and his friends and then bumps into someone.. Because Henrik took a picture with those guys on set and put it on his insta.. So those are more likely his friends and the ones at the kosegruppa meeting are the ones that we exchanged..

OK ONCE AND FOR ALL:

  • NOT COOL ENOUGH SQUAD
  • COOL SQUAD

The cool squad is actually formed by henrik’s real life friends:

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The summer sun kisses a blushing sky good night in Moonlight Falls.

  • Audrey Hepburn poster
  • Chanel perfume
  • Advanced Calculus 102
  • Minotaur scull
  • Dog treats

Hey Angle!

I wanted to show you this picture of Pike I’m working on. I only found and started watching Critical Role because of you and Mash. I love, love, love it. Critical Role has really been a good place to get out of my head  this past year. 

Any way. Thank you. You’re awesome. I love Pike and Vax so much.

So busy...

Guys.  I haven’t been this busy in years.  I’m so sorry I’ve been scarce.  I’m running out of stuff to post from my drafts…and I will respond to comments and catch up.  Eventually…

Until then, have a picture of Toddles hiking (backwards) from the weekend :D

Team Voltron as things that me and my friends have actually said
  • Hunk: Eat enough cilantro and you too can become god.
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  • Pidge: Of course, because what girl wouldn't have scale models of heavy artillery to use against the Mongol hoards that attack during the Barbie-Horse uprising?
  • Allura: I'm glad you see where I'm coming from.
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  • Coran, on cannibalism: Whoopsie daisies.
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  • Lance: Is it treason to fuck a prime minister who is not your own?
  • Pidge: How many Prime ministers are we talking?
  • Lance: ...I don't know. /Types into Google "hot Prime Ministers"/
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  • Pidge: Curiosity isn't a body part either.
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  • Shiro: How big is the bug?
  • Keith: Big enough to fight.
  • Shiro: Well any bug is big enough to fight. I need specifics here.
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  • Hunk: Lance, you can't use Queen to get out of all of your problems.
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  • Shiro: Do you even know what VHS stands for?
  • Pidge: Vehicle Mode.
  • Shiro: Vehicle Mode?
  • Pidge: Mode spelled with an s. S-M-O-D-E.
  • Lance, from a distance: Vee Hickle Smode.
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  • Pidge: I need the tension, it brings me peace.
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  • Lance: I, an American teenager...
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  • Coran: It only takes about three minutes for anarchy to set in.
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  • Hunk: Even our Meth is outsourced.
  • Pidge: Make America Meth Again.
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  • Allura: I'm not calling Dostoyevsky a fuckboi, but...
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  • Keith: Who is Bono?
  • Hunk: The main singer from U2.
  • Keith: ???
  • Pidge: This guy. /Shows him a picture/
  • Keith: I have never seen that man before in my life.
  • Lance: Oh my god, go outside.
  • Keith: I have. He's not out there.
  • Lance: ...We'll he's got me there.
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  • Keith: Everything I do feels illegal.
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  • Pidge: Lance, you can't fuck the Canadian Prime Minister.
  • Lance: Don't tell me what or who to do.
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  • Keith, putting down his book and shutting it with purpose: Snart.
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  • Coran, on reentering the womb: Not ALL of us are going back in.
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  • Pidge: Like, you know, the place where they put the dead shit.
  • Hunk: ...The Smithsonian???
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  • Shiro, after not sleeping for three days: These are the voyages of the Starshoop Eagleprize.
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  • Allura: The aliens don't need your shitposts.
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  • Lance: Did English start as a practical joke?
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  • Shiro: Hey, we got MURDERED!
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  • Lance: YEAST! Make a wish!
  • Hunk: Do you ever think that our problems aren't like other people's?
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  • Coran: Hell is screaming mixed with kazoos.
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  • Lance: I am also sometimes called Killadelphia.
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  • Pidge: Why do you find yeast so funny?
  • Hunk: /distressed wheezing/
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  • Coran: These Nikes qualify me to give health advice.
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  • Keith: I'm either a shitposting human, or an alien that's trying his best.
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  • Hunk: It feels green in here.
  • Pidge: /deadeyed stare/
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  • Lance: I lost control of my pants.
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