On June 20 NordCham Philippines, for the first time in history, hosted a hybrid Nordic Midsummer Feast – partly taking place at Makati Garden Club here in Metro Manila, but also online where anyone in the world could “check in” and join this old traditional celebration of ours.
We had viewers across the globe taking part when the Nordic Business Community taught everyone how to properly dance the “Little Frog Dance” around the Maypole, how to eat herring, and other traditional Midsummer-foods and what snaps-songs to sing for every snaps-intake throughout the day.
Makati Garden Club ensuring all physical participants were strictly following COVID-19 rules and regulations with temperature checks and contact-tracing upon arrival, heaps of alco-gel, mandatory face-masks, only 10 people allowed in each room (as well as far below 30 percent of the restaurant’s capacity and complying with social gathering), and perhaps most important of all, cater to social distancing at every point – NordCham Philippines took the lead and showed that together with innovative mindsets and still following the rules – that it is possible to cater to traditions in the new normal.
This was all made possible thanks to Makati Garden Club and our prime sponsors, Pacific Cross, Turkish Airlines and The Farm at San Benito. Also generous contributions from Regus Spaces, Arla, and KMC.
The Farm that has just re-opened again raffled out an exclusive stay-over at their retreat to one lucky Nordic Midsummer-Celebrator – And Good News Everyone – we just got the news from them that they are now kind enough to offer similar stay-overs to anyone interested! See their offer below.