One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
24 June, a quarter day in England, Wales, and Ireland, originally coinciding with the summer solstice and in some countries marked by a summer festival.
- ‘In response, on Midsummer Day in 1812, Napoleon crossed the River Niemen into what was then the Russian province of Lithuania, in a bid to conquer Russia with the biggest, most spectacular army Europe had ever raised.’
- ‘According to legend, witches are thought to fly over Denmark on Midsummer's Eve, and on Midsummer's Day firecrackers are traditionally set off all over the country to scare them off.’
- ‘Midsummer Madness is the Meningitis Research Foundation's fundraising extravaganza focusing on the period around Midsummer's Day from 21-24 June.’
- ‘The national holidays are New Year's Day, Independence Day, Good Friday (late March or early April), St. John's Night or Midsummer Day, and Christmas.’
- ‘I had a great-great-grandmother who I didn't know, who so loved Christmas lunch that she had it twice a year: once on Christmas Day and once on Midsummer's Day.’
- ‘Compulsory tagging was introduced on Midsummer's Day but the department had announced details of the long-awaited scheme almost a month earlier, on May 25.’
- ‘A Fête de la Musique was now held each Midsummer's Day, 21 June, to incite musical talent.’
- ‘Along with other Scandinavians, Swedes celebrate the summer solstice, or Midsummer's Day, on June 21.’
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