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Jónsmessa: Cows develop the capacity of speech and seals take on human form

  • Talking cows Jónsmessa is one of the most magical nights of the year, along with Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and ‘þrettándinn’ (6 January). Photo/Vilhelm

Jónsmessa, or Midsummer Night, is celebrated today, Friday the 24 of June. According to Icelandic folklore, this night is one of the most magical nights of the year, along with Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and ‘þrettándinn’ (6 January): cows develop the capacity of speech and seals take on human form.

As superstition has it, rolling naked in the morning dew on Jónsmessa will cure people from all their ailments. Also, people were advised to pick medicinal herbs on this day as it would maximize their healing powers. 

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