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Folk Traditions

The Two Kings | Fire and Water | Midsummer Day
Country Summer Traditions | Fairies | Midsummer Games
John Barleycorn | The Six Days of Midsummer


Second only to Hallowe'en, Midsummer is one of the few times of the year when we can see fairies with the unaided eye -- wishes for luck, or charms against any mischief, are made out of wheat straw and flowers to hang on the door. Puck is sighted! Flying through the summer morning to turn new milk sour, or frightening old ladies in the shape of a mouse - Ah, I see Queen Mab hath been with you! The fairies' midwife, she comes with her miniature court to lure unwary travelers away into the invisible commonwealth from which they may never return. See what Mr. Shakespeare has to say about those who venture forth into the land of the 'sidhe' --

Fairy wells are dressed and blessed: fairy rings are noted and revered. Midsummer is wondrous and beautiful, fearful and strange all at once, with the same enchanted atmosphere as Christmas.

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