Johnny come lately
Trip Start Jun 10, 2007
22Trip End Jun 29, 2007
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My thoughts run to where Johnny Lambert might be. I have no cell phone for him and he lives in a gated area. He may not know I'm here yet. So, I send him a big HELP! email indicating I'm here in Tartu. Maybe he'll respond.
In preparing for the Feast here in the fall, I then went through our guest list and talked to the hotel manager Iris whom we have known for ten years. She's done our Feast hotel arrangements for all that time. She is very personable and ultra-competent. She has always enjoyed our presence at the Feast. We went down the list of who has reserved rooms and who hasn't. I'm writing to all the people who have not.
Back in the room the phone rings. It's Johnny! He made it, but not until midnight last night. He came in from Zurich, Switzerland. His earlier flight was cancelled due to bad weather. Then his luggage never arrived. And, he's jet-lagged and there will be a house full of people over to his apartment tonight and we have all the activities for the Sabbath. I want to help him all I can today.
Our literature from Ukraine has not arrived. This is an aggravation. We still have things to mail out, but we will be limited in what we do.
Johnny will come by at 1 pm and we'll do some shopping and get ready for the Sabbath.
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Here is a bit of history of St. John's Day:
Jaanipäev was celebrated long before the arrival of Christianity in Estonia, although the day was given its name by the crusaders. The arrival of Christianity, however, did not end pagan beliefs and fertility rituals surrounding this holiday. In 1578, with some disgust, Balthasar Russow wrote in his Livonian Chronicle about Estonians who placed more importance on the festival than going to church. He complained about those who went to church, but did not enter, and instead spent their time lighting bonfires, drinking, dancing, singing and following pagan rituals.
For Estonians, Jaanipäev celebrations were merged with the celebration of Võidupüha (Victory Day) during the War of Independence when Estonian forces defeated the German troops on 23 June 1919. After this battle against Estonia's traditional oppressors, Jaaniõhtu and the lighting of the traditional bonfires became linked with the ideals of independence and freedom.
More to come. Come back and read the rest of today's blog.