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Family Week Day 5

Published: June 15, 2019

Our last full day of Family Week 2019 was one for the books!

In the morning, villagers were invited to participate in jotain rentouttavaa (something relaxing).  The project was to draw different buildings, food, and other things that remind you of Salolampi. 

During today's isotauko (big break) villagers went down to the beach, made leipäjuusto (squeaky cheese) with our dean, Iida, went to the kioski, played soccer, and watched Muumi cartoons. 

For the afternoon activity, we had a game of Afrikan Tähti (African Star) and frisbee going, crocheting, and some villagers helped out with setting the table for the Juhannus (Midsummer) celebration.

Although it is not actually Juhannus, we love to indulge in this holiday at the end of most summer sessions. Our evening activity had our villagers go to four different stations that discussed what people do on this holiday!


Dancing is, of course, a big part of Juhannus. We learned two different dances that are commonly associated with this day.


Then villagers were asked to collect seven different plants that, traditionally, are meant to be placed under your pillow to bring you good luck in the following year. 

At another station, we learned how to make a kokko. This is a very large bonfire that is usually pushed out onto a body of water to burn. 

Lastly, villagers listened to Karo, a counselor here, talk about the sauna vihta and why/how it is made and used. 

After a day of moving about, we settled into the ruokasali (dining hall) to have our Juhannus dinner! We had kebab, later accompanied by cheesecake and leipäjuusto for dessert. It was all SO delicious!

In the evening, we had our very own little kokko and sang several songs together!

We couldn't be happier with how this day turned out! We enjoyed every moment.

If you are interested in seeing more photos from today, visit our Flickr page!