Midsummer Night’s Eve

We are just a few days away from the Summer Solstice.  June 21st marks the beginning of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, and the longest day of the year.  This was one of the ancient sabbats, or celebrations, on the Wheel of the Year.  Because there is little work to do in the fields, and it is too early to harvest most things, people had time on their hands.  The weather was generally mild, so traveling was easy.  Thus, many towns had fairs or festivals, with vendors from distant lands selling exotic goods, and everyone had something to trade.

Soon, the days will begin getting shorter, even though Summer has just begun.  We are reminded of the natural cycles of Nature, which humans used to celebrate with each other.

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