How do you celebrate midsummer.

Tercios Espanoles

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Mar 2014
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Beneath a cold sun, a grey sun, a Heretic sun...
In the last hundred years, a custom of burning a witch has been started and school classes compete to make the best-looking witch.

She is put on top of the bonfire and when the fire reaches her, a special kind of howling fireworks explodes, actually called witches howl.

It always arouses great enthusiasm among all the children, who also participate in the party.
Really? That's sad, and kind of disgusting.
 
Nov 2018
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Denmark
Really? That's sad, and kind of disgusting.
Not really, the intention is to send her on her way to Brocken so she can party with the other witches.

Moreover, as I wrote in a previous answer most Danish women are asked if they have made their brooms ready to fly on Midsummer's Eve.

The politically correct try to eradicate that custom but in the women's movement in the seventies, we tried to recapture our right to be witches and not just sweet girls.

A magazine called "The Flying Hags" was published at the time with articles on how women should empower themselves, so instead of rejecting the word witch, we conquered it.

In addition, there is nothing that prevents parents to talk with their children about witch burnings and witch persecution, and perhaps draw some parallels to the past and present.
 

janusdviveidis

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Mar 2014
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Lithuania
Not really, the intention is to send her on her way to Brocken so she can party with the other witches.

Moreover, as I wrote in a previous answer most Danish women are asked if they have made their brooms ready to fly on Midsummer's Eve.

The politically correct try to eradicate that custom but in the women's movement in the seventies, we tried to recapture our right to be witches and not just sweet girls.

A magazine called "The Flying Hags" was published at the time with articles on how women should empower themselves, so instead of rejecting the word witch, we conquered it.

In addition, there is nothing that prevents parents to talk with their children about witch burnings and witch persecution, and perhaps draw some parallels to the past and present.
It is interesting, in Lithuania people burn female doll at another celebration with mixed pagan/christian tradition. It is celebrated at break between winter and spring. Doll symbolizes female deity of winter, death and witchcraft. Burning is symbolized banishment of winter.
 
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Ad Honorem
Mar 2014
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Beneath a cold sun, a grey sun, a Heretic sun...
The politically correct try to eradicate that custom but in the women's movement in the seventies, we tried to recapture our right to be witches and not just sweet girls.
How does teaching children that burning witches is fun support that goal?
 
Nov 2018
351
Denmark
How does teaching children that burning witches is fun support that goal?
Because she is sent to Brocken to party and enter into all sorts of excesses with the devil.

Not exactly, the explanation you give to your children.

However, isn't that what the witches' Sabbath symbolizes? Society's standards turned upside down.