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Midsummer's eve hit by masseaflysninger

There will be much between bålene in the year, when midsummer is for the door in the evening in what appears to be a perfect midsommervejr.

Searches through the internet show that many major events around the country are canceled, even if it is under certain conditions again permitted to gather up to 500 persons. Fear of the spread of the coronavirus is, however, the reason that several cities, neighbourhoods and municipalities let the witches in peace and fail to light the bonfire with beer, grillpølser and fre around the flames.

thus, It is the second time in three years, that Denmark is experiencing masseaflysninger of the old sommertradition. In the historically hot, dry summer in 2018 was sankthansbål public for security reasons.

Big sankthansarrangementer like this in 2014 with the then Danish prime minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen (V) at Marienborg is cancelled in many places around the country as a result of coronapandemien. Photo Jakob Jørgensen

Many sites have alternative solutions and great ingenuity still kept a certain tag in the tradition with, among others, live streaming of community singing and the virtual mayor-båltaler.

- We expect that there will be fewer big events, but in turn, more less, " says Daniel Weinreich, who is forebyggelsesekspert at Danish emergency response, to Ekstra Bladet.


In the averages moved the fire brigade out 80 times in the course of the midsummer's eve of the years from 2015 to 2019. It is almost three times as many times as on an ordinary evening, which on average is about 28 friends nationwide.

- We expect fewer friends this year because several bonfires will take place in the small and private setting. It means that people take more responsibility and is more focused on security than at the big events, says Daniel Weinreich.

even Though you are now allowed to gather up to 500 persons, so that cancelled many of the larger fire events. It happens because of the restrictions placed on people, for example, need to sit down in as large assemblies, it will be difficult to live up to for the organizers. Photo Jakob Jørgensen

are you Planning to turn sankthansbål on public land, you should investigate the rules in your area. In many places it requires a prior permission to hold sankthansfesten in the municipal areas, while it is legal to turn sankthansbål in a private garden.


the Prospect of the many private bonfire get Mads Christensen, who is forebyggelsesekspert in Emergency, to point to a few essential security measures in relation to the handling of the fire.

- Caution is the key word when it comes to sankthansbål. Be sure to build the fire in a safe distance to the materials that can burn, take into account your neighbors and surroundings, and be aware of wind and weather conditions, says Mads Dalgaard and adds, that you must never use flammable liquids such as, for example, grill lighter fluids or gasoline, when you turn the fire.

head of secretariat at Danish emergency response Bjarne Nigaard see no immediate relationship, which speaks for cancellations due to fire safety.

- The health aspect is another side of the matter, and my impression is that most of the cancellations is for the health of the larger, public events. Most homeowners and sommerhusområder think I will do as they usually do, says Bjarne Nigaard.

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Secure Sankt Hans

most of us associate the Sankt Hans evening with songs and cosy hours around the fire, but to ensure that it is only the witch and the Sankt Hans fire, being burned by, should the burning be controlled and, under appropriate supervision, until the fire and embers are extinguished.

the agency recommends that bonfires are placed with appropriate distance to buildings and surroundings. The recommended distances for sankthansbål is:

from the buildings with hard roofs.

from fire-resistant arable crops.

from the thatched-roof houses, nåletræsbevoksninger m.v. and warehouses of flammable substances, and other flammable material.

in Addition to placing the fire with care, it is recommended that you take a number of precautions to reduce the risk of accidents:

never Use flammable liquids when you turn on the fire - it can very easily go wrong.Keep an eye on the fire and leave it only when the fire and coals are completely off - pour like water.Please be especially aware of children and animals in the vicinity of the fire - they can easily get hurt.If it is very dry or windy, so don't turn on the fire - take care of the witch this time.

there Is talk of fierce wind (10,8-13,8 m/sec.) or higher wind speeds, it is forbidden to light fires, unless the municipality has given permission. In periods of drought, the individual municipalities also put in place afbrændingsforbud. Therefore, always check your municipality to see what applies where you live.

Source: the Capital's Preparedness

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Midsummer takeaway

Creativity comes into its own around the country that coronakrisen not also must destroy the midsummer's eve. Thus, also in the Midlands between Aarhus and Randers, where the local DDS-scouts in the past week have prepared their midsummer two-go alternative now, where they have had to cancel their normal bonfire event with 200-300 participants.

- We would of course rather have had our usual setup, but when we do not dare to bind with it for years, here is a good, fun and in more ways nice solution. Both because we have a good time us with to make bålpakkerne, and because they, who buys them, guaranteed can also get a cozy night around the small fire with everything that belongs to, says Flemming Hald, who is the chairman of Nesher scouts.

Chairman of the board for the DDS-the scouts in the Midlands, Flemming Hald, shows proud his spejderes to-go packages above for an Extra Magazine. Photo Claus Bonnerup

He alludes specifically to two-go-the basic package with ten pieces of wood, a witch, tændblokke, matches, midsommervisen, link to YouTube and the mayor of the city of Favrskov Municipality Nils Borrings (A) by. Will you have the basic package, which in itself costs 75 dollars in a more luksusiøs version with snobrødspinde and dough, marshmallows, biscuits and four sportscolaer, increases the price to 150 dollars.

they Had a total of 140 Hadsten-scouts be fortunate enough to make profits on their concept, goes the money for their summer camp, which this year will be held with the base at the hut and shelteret in his hometown. The camp should have been in the Rold skov Forest, but it put coronapandemien a stop to this.

Last year's summer camp took place on the Island.

the Quota is the core of the economy
Hadsten-scouts, assisted by parents and leaders - have produced almost 50 bonfires-packages, and they are already sold out.

- It takes particular time to make the witches, so we have simply not been able to make more than the button 50 packages, says group leader Trevor Lucas.

Scouts are divided into five groups - micro, mini, junior suit and senior - and each group meets once a week. There is mostly talk about children almost equally divided between boys and girls from 0. to 9. class. The older children become regular leaders or seniorspejdere.

Ronja Helle Salling Guldberg, (tv.), Frida Frølund, (in the middle), and Carla Victoria Larsen from Hadsten-boy scouts does their best to make the last witches to bålpakkerne. Photo Claus Bonnerup

Neither the here or in general we are driven by an ambition to make money. Our economic foundation is approximately 1000 Danish kroner, which all pay in membership fees each year. When we need extra money to, for example, the summer camp, we serve a little extra by doing different tasks in the local area, Flemming Hald.

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It is legal to make midsummer events with up to 500 persons, under certain conditions.

the Prohibition to gather more than 50 persons does not apply in private homes and the gardens associated with it, but apply, however, to remain in the farms or the like, as the residents from a larger number of homes available. Prohibition to organise and participate in events, etc., where there are more than 500 persons present, however, apply still.

An event, etc., in which the participants are essentially sitting down, and where the organiser or the premises covered by the sektorpartnerskabsretningslinjer or is a public authority, could be held with more than 50 persons present. It applies, for example, at a restaurant or a hotel. Prohibition to organise and participate in events, etc., where there are more than 500 persons present, however, apply still.

The guidelines applicable for sektorpartnerskab are continually updated on www.coronasmitte.dk.

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