Litha / Midsummer

Midsummer, Summer Solstice, Samradh, Alban Hefin (Druid, Anglo Saxon), Aerra Litha, Gathering Day, Vestalia, Feast of Epona, Gŵyl Ganol yr Haf (Welsh)
June 21 (2013, Northern Hemisphere)
Quarter Festival, Lesser Sabbat

Litha, or Midsummer, celebrates the summer solstice, marking the longest day of the year.  The days are warmer, the earth is bountiful, and the Goddess and the God reach their peak.  Midsummer marks the end of the waxing year and beginning of the waning year, when the sun’s power begins to fade and the days grow shorter.  This is when the Oak King is bested by the Holly King, who will rule until Yule, when the cycle will start again.

Litha is associated with feasting, dancing, leaping bonfires, handfastings, flowers, oak trees, faeries, and the faery goddess Áine.  This is a great time to connect with nature and the outdoors!

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© A Year And A Day (2013)

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