Why Is It Called Midsummer Day When In Truth It’s The First Of Summer? Not the Middle of Summer.

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
DateJune 21, 24, 25 or a date close to the Summer Solstice on June 20–25
Related toNativity 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. 🙂

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A. White, an award winning former librarian, who is also a long time member of Romantic Time and Publisher's Weekly. A. White has been writing for over fifteen years. She took classes in creative writing in college, specializing in ancient myths and legends. and later at a local community center while living in Chicago. In college she won the national contest to verbally list every country in the world, it's capital and ingenious language. Her works are mainly horror, fantasy, extreme, and sci-fi as well as, as some may says, "the truly strange predicament and puzzling." Books that I've written are "Clash with the Immortals, and eleven others which are part of the "Unholy Pursuit saga,". She has been working on the Chronicles since 2007. She wished to complete them all before introducing them to public so the readers wouldn't have to for the continuation to be written. The ideas of the book come from classic literature such as whose work greatly influence the world world such as Homer, Sophocles, Herodotus, Euripides, Socrates, Hippocrates, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle and many more. The "Book of Enoch" influenced the usage of Azazael as a main character and love interest. I created the primary main character from the Chronicle of Saints. I wanted to show them as real flesh and blood with thoughts, desires and yearning as any human. Not as they are so often depicted. So I created one of my own to show her as a real human that everyone can relate to.
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3 Responses to Why Is It Called Midsummer Day When In Truth It’s The First Of Summer? Not the Middle of Summer.

  1. Dunwoody says:

    I am not sure, but I think it’s something to do with the Celtics. Back then I don’t think they had four seasons. I think they only had two. Summer and winter. Most parts of the world doesn’t celebrate summer solstice. That’s probably why it makes no sense to you.

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    • Dunwoody, thanks for the information. I looked it up and here’s what I found.

      There are four Celtic seasonal festivals — like the four seasons of the year. They are called Samhain, Imbolc, Bealtaine and Lughnasa. When Was Samhain Celebrated? Samhain was celebrated at the end of October.

      What are the Celtic seasons?
      Seasons in the Celtic calendar are grouped into three full months:

      Autumn - August, September, October.
      Winter - November, December, January.
      Spring - February, March, April.
      Summer - May, June, July.

      I see they had a different grouping of the months than the Julian or Gregorian calendar.


    • However, I do record some newsbit about ancient Celtic having only two seasons.


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