Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Summer Solstice

Well, I missed it--The longest day of the year. I'm still recovering from shingles and spent most of the day just resting and admiring my neighbor's tomato plant.

The Summer Solstice is the celebration of the Feast of St. John the Baptist, according to Wikipedia. The encyclopedia also points to a Swedish group which celebrates the Feast in New York City

We still make indirect nods to this day in our wedding traditions
The first (or only) full moon in June is called the Honey Moon. Tradition holds that this is the best time to harvest honey from the hives. This time of year, between the planting and harvesting of the crops, was the traditional month for weddings. This is because many ancient peoples believed that the ''grand [sexual] union'' of the Goddess and God occurred in early May at Beltaine. Since it was unlucky to compete with the deities, many couples delayed their weddings until June.
(From Net Glimse)

How did you spend the longest day?

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