Litha – The Feast Of The Sun – 21st Of June

Litha is a pagan festival that was practiced all over Europe at this time, today it is still practiced but with chirstian saints’ names. This is the festival for the Summer Solstice, these are the longer days of the year, but not the hottest though, the nights are too short and brighter then normal, if you can go into a place withouth the lights of the city, a completely wild place, you will notice in the sky more starts then usual, you can even see clearly the milkyway.

People used to make huge bonefires, dancing around them, and jumping over them, as a test of courage and adulthood. This was also the time to shear sheep, the wool is great to mae every kind of cloth for the winter, and at this time the sheep “thank” for doing that, because it is too hot for a wool “coat” all over them, it is also the time to start the reaping of the crops, which will help people to survive by storing food for the next arsh season of Autumn and Winter.
This festival was a very popular one all over Europe as i have said, the coming of the sun and brighter days, always gave people happiness and streanght, and in anciest times, surviving the winter was very hard, so the summer was really the glorious season of all, where the strongest could enjoy it one more time, after all the “trials” of winter.

The element of fire can be deadly dangerous, but also a useful ally, and at this time, it is the fire’s season, it is time to honour it.

 

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