Sunday Respite – Celebration of Summer Solstice, Litha


This week the wheel turned once more with the celebration of the Summer Solstice or Litha. It has been an important date since Neolithic times. Wishing you a wonderful day.

Midsummer, also known as St John’s Day, is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the Northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening. The exact dates vary between different cultures. The Christian Church designated June 24 as the feast day of the early Christian martyr St John the Baptist, and the observance of St John’s Day begins the evening before, known as St John’s Eve.

 

 

In Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Quebec (Canada), the traditional Midsummer day, June 24, is a public holiday. So it was formerly also in Sweden and Finland, but in these countries it was, in the 1950s, moved to the Friday and Saturday between June 19 and June 26, respectively.[5]

The solstice itself has remained a special moment of the annual cycle of the year since Neolithic times. (For Neolithic and Bronze Age astronomy, see Archaeoastronomy.) The concentration of the observance is not on the day as we reckon it, commencing at midnight or at dawn, as it is customary for cultures following lunar calendars to place the beginning of the day on the previous eve at dusk at the moment when the Sun has set. In Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Estonia, Midsummer’s Eve is the greatest festival of the year, comparable only with Walpurgis Night, Christmas Eve, and New Year’s Eve.

H/T: Full history at Wikipedia

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6 Responses to “Sunday Respite – Celebration of Summer Solstice, Litha”

  1. thetinfoilhatsociety Says:

    The seed of death in the midst of the peak of life. Hail to the dark side of the year, the portion of rest. Hail to the light side which has passed for another year. May be greet her at the Winter Solstice.

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      The wheel turns and the dark side begins..

      Like

  2. Always On Watch Says:

    Beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      Glad you enjoyed it…..

      Like

  3. hocuspocus13 Says:

    Reblogged this on hocuspocus13 and commented:
    jinxx🌞xoxo

    Liked by 1 person

    • bunkerville Says:

      Thanks!

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