Thursday, June 24Midsummer 2021 in Germany
I even debated this with my teacher when we read Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Why Is It Called Midsummer Day When In Truth It’s The First Of Summer? Not the Middle of Summer.
|Midsummer Saint John’s Day|
|Date||June 21, 24, 25 or a date close to the Summer Solstice on June 20–25|
|Related to||Nativity of St. John the Baptist, Saint John’s Eve, Summer Solstice, Quarter days, Adonia|
In terms of weather, farmers recognized the days around the solstice as the height, or middle, of summer. Crops were well under way and looking promising, so growers celebrated their anticipated harvest at Midsummer festivals.
At some point, Christian church authorities assigned June 24 as the birthday of St John.
I understand the crop cycle thingy. Most crops are planted in early spring and those that are collected fresh are ready to be picked by June. I understand that is when one can tell if the harvest will be plentiful or not, but that still doesn’t’ change the position of the sun and the earth’s orbit around it. It still is not Midsummer.
By true midsummer it’s so hot that no one is singing and dancing. 🙂