In astronomical speak, it is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere... and the shortest night of the year. Midsummer is, and has been, a prominent cultural event in ancient Europe and still going strong in the 21st Century.
|Sucellus (Dagda's cognate in Gaul)|
It customary to have a fire on the eve, or on the night, of the Solstice and advisable to run and jump over the fire to evoke the blessings of Dagda. A toast to the Solstice, to Dagda and to ole St John as well, all advisable. A bonfire is best, but a small fire in a fire-pit we do splendidly. And for those apartment dwellers, it is fine to just light the candle and open the wine and make your toast.
So, Shake a Leg and Pull a Cork and Welcome in the Solstice!!!