The Midsummer's eve celebration at Tronholmen usually takes place from 8 pm to 10 pm.
The event is "kicked off" by a Danish celebrity lighting the bonfire at Tronholmen. The celebrity will also act as main speaker during the celebration.
Midsummer’s Eve has a long history; it dates back to pagan times before being adopted by Christians to recognize St. John’s birth. In Denmark, the celebration arose around a belief that fire would drive evil spirits and trolls away, so that crops and harvesting would go well. It also became a chance for people to socialize and have some fun. Today, the Midsummer’s Eve celebration is both a celebration of St. John the Baptist’s birth and a remembrance of earlier times as well as still being a chance for people to get together, socialize, and have some fun around a roaring bonfire on a beautiful summer evening.
A witch doll is often found in the bonfires. The origin of this custom is a Danish folk belief that Saint John's Eve (sankthansaften in Danish) is also the night of a witches' meeting on the Brocken, the highest peak in the Harz Mountains in central Germany.
It is tradition that the Danish Midsummer Ballad (Midsommervisen - Vi elsker vort land) is sung at the Midsummer's Eve celebration. You can see the text below.
Midsommervisen – Vi elsker vort land
Text: Holger Drachmann
Melody: P. E. Lange-Müller