Happy longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, also known as the Summer Solstice or Midsummer’s Eve in Europe! While it isn’t a national holiday in the U.S. (it is for a few Scandinavian countries) we still celebrated with family and friends and hope you did too. This particular holiday predates Christianity and is said to celebrate the power of nature and ancient fertility practices with ceremonies performed to ensure a successful harvest; hurray for hay, grain and foals!
Later Christian converts tried to abolish this pagan Midsummer’s Eve celebration and rededicate the festivities to instead honor St. John the Baptist’s birthday. Even though the meaning of the celebration has changed, the focus on nature and its magical healing powers on Midsummer’s Eve were still celebrated by us with flower crowns and copious amounts of wine and drink. After all, the why isn’t as important as the how!
Live. Love. Horses.