21 June 2011 – Today is Midsummers Day, also known as the Summer Solstice, Beltane in Scotland and Gwyl Ifan Ganol Haf in Wales.
Solstice celebrations still center around the day of the astronomical Summer Solstice Some choose to hold the rite on the 21st of June, even when this is not the longest day of the year, and some celebrate June 24, the day of the solstice in Roman times. Although Midsummer is originally a pagan holiday, in Christianity it is associated with the nativity of John the Baptist, which is observed on the same day, June 24.
In times past this day was traditionally a time of pagan rituals, lighting of bonfires, feasting and merrymaking. Modern day Druids still hold a celebration at Stonehenge at the time of the Summer Solstice.
Dr Jeffrey Lant, CEO Worldprofit, offers his own thoughts on this auspicious day here: Articles / General Interest / Midsummer’s Night June 21, 2011
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