Summer - Festivals of Abundance
Saint John’s Tide - June 24
Midsummer Day and the feast of St. John the Baptist is celebrated following the summer solstice on June 21st, the longest day of the year. Ancient peoples watched the sun reach its highest point and lit evening bonfires to encourage the sun to shine and ripen their crops. In many parts of the world, bonfires still blaze at this time with singing and celebration. Many people associate this time with fairies as immortalized by Shakespeare in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.