Midsummer’s Day June 24th | Handfasting

Midsummer's day - June 24th

Not many people realize that June 24th is Midsummer's Day.  Most believe June 21st is the Midsummer Day - Wrong. While the 21st is the summer solstice, the 24th is a quarter-day along with: Lady Day on 25th March, Michaelmas on 29th September, and famously, Christmas on 25th December.

Midsummer's Day Jokes

How to Get to the Midsummer Festival? A townie was looking for the Midsummer festival, he stopped and asked Tyler. 'Will this road take me to the Midsummer Day festival?' 'Oh no,' said Tyler. 'You'll have to go by yourself!' Midsummer Strawberries Farmer Woodman was driving his John Deere tractor along the road with a trailer load of fertilizer.  Joe a little boy of eight was playing in his yard when he saw the farmer and asked, 'What've you got in your trailer?' 'Manure,' Farmer Woodman replied. 'What are you going to do with it?' asked Joe. 'Put it on my strawberries,' answered the farmer. Joe replied, 'You ought to come and eat a Midsummer feast with us, we put ice-cream on our strawberries.' Basket Case? On Midsummer's Day two yokels were on the train heading homewards through Somerset, England when one of them noticed some cows. Midsummer's Day Jokes 'What a lovely bunch of cows.' he remarked. 'Not a bunch, herd,' his mate replied. 'Heard of what?' 'Herd of cows.' 'Of course I've heard of cows.' 'No, a cow herd.' 'What do I care what a cow heard. I have no secrets to keep from a cow.'

Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream

The other connotation for Midsummer Day is Shakespeare's Midsummer night's dream.  Shakespeare builds on superstitions that this was a time of the year when fairies were abroad. St John's Day Midsummer's Eve is also known as St John's Eve, particularly in Ireland. In bygone times our ancestors would light fires on hilltops to celebrate, a custom still celebrated today in southern hemisphere places like Australia. This St John is none other than St John the Baptist, hence he was born on Midsummer's day, June 24th. Incidentally, this a good day to collect the St John's Wort plant.
Folklore says that if it rains on St John's day the harvest will be poor. Before St John's Day we pray for rain, After St John's Day we get it anyhow.
The Dumb Cake Three girls would bake a cake in silence, not an easy task!  If there was wind arise and cause a rustling in the room, then if one of the girls looked over her shoulder they would see their future husband. One custom of the first Millennium was 'Handfasting'.  The idea was that couples who had announced their engagement on May day would enter into a trial marriage on June 24th.  This handfasting would last for a year and a day and if all went they would then marry.

Midsummer's Day Story

The Happiest Days of the Year = June 20th -24thMidsummer's day jokes Cliff Arnall has derived a mathematical formula which proves that mid-June is the happiest day time of the year.   His result is due to a combination of lighter evenings, memories of childhood summers and the prospect of holidays, reports the Daily Telegraph. Cliff, who is a psychologist and former tutor at Cardiff University, worked out the equation: "O + (N xS) + Cpm/T + He". O stands for being outdoors, N is nature, S is socialising with neighbours and friends, Cpm stands for childhood positive memories, T is the mean temperature, and 'He' is holiday expectation. However in that year (2008), his formula failed to take into account falling house prices, rising inflation, stagnating pay rises or the fact that none of the United Kingdom teams were in Euro 2008. See also 'Blue Monday'.

Midsummer Is A Magical Time

Funny Superstitions, Bizarre Ideas, and Customs Connected with MidsummerMidsummer's day jokes Will and Guy have read that almost all magic is more powerful at Midsummer Midsummer dew has special healing powers.
  • Young ladies wash their faces in it to make themselves beautiful; older people do the same to make themselves look younger. If you walk barefoot in the dew on Midsummer Day's morning, it will stop the skin from getting chapped. If you can bring yourself to skip naked through the dew in the night, then it, supposedly, will ensure fertility for the coming year.
  • Shakespeare's Comedy - A Midsummer Night's Dream Nick Bottom (Weaver) wears a donkey's head.
  • Herbs, especially St. John's Wort, gathered on Midsummer's Day and burnt on bonfires will keep livestock healthy and banish bad luck.
  • If on Midsummer's Eve, you approach a fern leaf backwards, without looking, and, without touching the leaf, collect the seed then they have to power to make you invisible.
  • The festival is still important to pagans today, including the modern day Druids who celebrate the solstice at Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England. For many, the light of the sun on Midsummer's Day, is sacred.
  • Mistletoe was and is, highly revered by the Druids. It is regarded as particularly potent when it grows on oak. Although it is more commonly associated with Yule and the Winter Solstice, it was often gathered ceremonially at Midsummer when it is regarded as being at the height of its powers.
  • While 21st of June is the longest day, 24th of June has the latest sunset.  This is due to the elliptical orbit of the earth around the sun.  This orbit also accounts for why the 17th of June has the earliest sunrise.
  • It was an old belief, in England, that one of the best times to see fairies is between twilight and midnight on Midsummer's Day.

Roses are of special importance on Midsummer's Eve.

It is said that any rose picked on Midsummer's Eve, or Midsummer's Day will keep fresh until Christmas. At midnight on Midsummer's Eve, young girls should scatter rose petals before them and say: Rose leaves, rose leaves, Rose leaves I strew. He that will love me Come after me now. Then the next day, Midsummer's Day, their true love will visit them.
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