24 June 2013
I'm in my usual hibernation for the summer, but still a word about Midsummer's Day.
Despite the name, Midsummer's Day is celebrated a few days after the summer solstice. It's especially popular in northern countries that experience long winters. Shakespeare's play A Midsummer's Night Dream references the celebratory practices of Midsummer Eve and Day.
Midsummer Day in Sweden
Midsummer Day in Lithuania
Midsummer Day and the Summer Solstice
Midsummer Day Images
Midsummer Day takes place on the Feast of John the Baptist.
The history of St. John.
NewAdvent.org history of St. John.
Best of all, tomorrow makes six months until Christmas. I could never understand why they have "Christmas in July" when the end of June is the halfway mark. :-)