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Karhunpäivä, the Day of the Bear, is a holiday celebrated on July 13 in Finnish Paganism, the opposite day of their midwinter celebration.

Despite the solstice happening about a month beforehand, this is considered the hottest and sunniest part of the summer. Celebrations often included the ritual hunting of a bear, followed by an elaborate feast and ritual to ensure that the bear would reincarnate back into the forest. 

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