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Christmas, Easter, and (less notably) All-Hallow's Eve. But is there a Church holiday planted over the summer solstice?

Asked by Nullo (22009points) November 24th, 2011
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Syncretism has made it possible for Christians to celebrate on days when it would only be pagans celebrating. But I cannot for the life of me think of anything sitting on the day of the summer solstice, opposite Christmas on the calendar.
Any insight?

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laureth's avatar

Here you go.

Not real big anymore, though.

dappled_leaves's avatar

It’s probably the most important holiday of the year in Quebec. :)

zenvelo's avatar

People aren’t craving darkness to hide the light at mid-summer. But mid-summer is the time of fecundity and swelling, both of fruits and of wombs. No need for religious succor then.

cazzie's avatar

Midsummer is big here, for obvious reasons, but as far as I’m concerned, it is a pagan tradition for me and mine.

From Wiki:

Although Midsummer is originally a pagan holiday, in Christianity it is associated with the nativity of John the Baptist, which is observed on the same day, June 24, in the Catholic, Orthodox and some Protestant churches. It is six months before Christmas because Luke 1:26 and Luke 1.36 imply that John the Baptist was born six months earlier than Jesus, although the Bible does not say at which time of the year this happened

Aethelflaed's avatar

There’s a feast day in Catholicism for every day of the year (several, in fact, from smaller local patrons to bigger saints). So for a really long time, yeah, totally, there were many, they just haven’t really survived into our modern culture. Some bigger ones are Pentacost (sort of around May Day) and Midsummer (which was already mentioned).

BeckyKytty's avatar

Hiya Nullo,

Taking time to be grateful, mindful, reconnecting with nature (and others), visualize and have fun celebration is what Solstice & Ritual tend to be about.

I am not disciplined enough to acknowledge them on certain dates. I kinda do it every day when I’m not all caught up between my ears. hee, hee
I don’t “gather” with others to do it, but maybe I would do well to rethink that… ;-)

Found a couple of sites for ya. Remember, nothing is set in stone. Even set methods of celebrating are best when tailored to your personal perspective as long as you keep the basic correspondences in there.


BeckyKytty's avatar

I read over your post much too quickly and didn’t answer your question….

Taking deep breath, relaxing shoulders, centering…..

Too much coffee perhaps

BeckyKytty's avatar

Searching “christian holiday at the summer solstice” I found some interesting information.

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