Wednesday, June 11

St. Barnabas Day

Before the change in calendars in the 18th century, the summer solstice fell on this day, which was known as the beginning of "Midsummer" or "Nightless Days."

A traditional English folk song connected the festival of St. Barnabas with the solstice:

“Barnaby Bright,
Barnaby Bright:
The longest day
And the shortest night.”

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