St John the Baptist
After the bonfires the day grows shorter

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God bless,
god bless, good evening
Oh John, oh John,
Beloved saint John the Baptist,
Beloved John the Baptist,
Baptiser of God.
(Midsummer Night song from Metlika)

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St John’s bonfires
“Fly, wheel, fly,
Flower, fern, flower,
Splash, girl, splash,
Hey, hey, hop!”
(song of Styrian Slovenes in the 19th century, sung when realeasing a wheel down a slope)

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Wash for a man
“My dear boy is strong,
He’s a handsome washer,
And my girl –
Is a strong bather.”
(Styrian song for boys and girls pouring water on each other at a St John’s bonfire)

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Magic solstice
“We slept little last night,
Protecting the fields…”
(Text from the Midsummer Night rounds)

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Impresum

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