Yes, not only do we celebrate the Summer Solstice and MidSummer in June, but the world at large has recognized June 24th as International Fairy Day!
The tales of the Sídhe from Irish lore are rather different from those of other cultures within the Celtic world (e.g. the Bretons) and outside of it (e.g. English, Norse, German) but I still love the opportunity to celebrate the more whimsical aspects of the fairy world. What many of us think of as fairies may have also been strongly influenced by the French medieval tales. These fairies are the bright and sparkling ones such as Tinkerbell and Shakespeare’s Titania (the Queen of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream”)… not the fierce tricksters in Irish lore!
The British Victorians and Edwardians were rather obsessed with fairies, many claiming a strong belief in them (including Arthur Conan Doyle) and many were delighted by the…
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