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FC: Ultimate Guide to Celebrating Midsummer's Festivals By Sierra Henry

1: Table Of Contents What is a Midsummer's Festival?- page 2 How to Celebrate Midsummer's Eve- page 3 How to Celebrate Midsummer's Day- page 4 How to make a Midsummer's Wreath- page 6 Other Middle Ages Holidays- page 7 Bibliography- page 8 | 1

2: What is a Midsummer's Festival? Midsummer's Festivals celebrate the summer solstice. This festival was a very happy one in the Middle Ages and still is today. The flowers would be blooming and the weather would be very nice. What better time to celebrate the start of summer? Even thought it was celebrated during the Middle Ages, it is still celebrated today. With this guide you will learn how to celebrate it too. | 2

3: How to Celebrate Midsummer's Eve | Decoration For this celebration, people decorated their houses with Birch, Fennel, St. John's Wort, Orpin and White Lilies. Five flowers were also very important and were said to have special powers. They are Rue, Roses, St. John's Wort, Vervain, and Trefoil. | Fairies In the Middle Ages, people believed in fairies. It was said that you could see them by rubbing fern that you picked at midnight on you eyelids. You will also need to turn your jacket inside out to avoid being led astray by pixies. | How to Celebrate You will need to create bonfires and line the streets with lanterns. You will also need to stay up all night and lurk around traveling from one bonfire to another. | 3

4: How to Celebrate Midsummer's Day | Reason to Celebrate People in the Middle Ages celebrated this festival because they believed that the sun became weak. They thought that they could strengthen it by creating bonfires. | Ways to Celebrate Like Midsummer's Eve, you will need to create a bonfire. This time you will need to create some wreaths and throw them into the bonfire as you dance around it. You should put anything that makes you calm on display around your bonfire. Whether it is a candle or a book put it around your bonfire. The decoration of your house should be the same as Midsummer's Eve except you will need to decorate your faucet to thank the gift of water. | 4

5: Traditions The people in the Middle Ages believed very strongly in traditions. They thought they would affect the way they lived life. For example, if you picked a rose on Midsummer's Day and it would stay fresh until Christmas. | Throw a rose you have kissed into water and say this poem: Yes, you are here in the soft buzzing grass. Yes, you are listening among the flowering gardens. Yes, you are shining from the most royal blue sky. Yes, you are granting me what I wish tonight. Grant me a healthy life rich with high purpose, a true partner to share my joys and my tears, wisdom to hear your voice giving me guidance, wealth to give to others as you have given to me. | Scatter rose petals and say this poem: Rose leaves, rose leaves, rose leaves I strew. He that will love me come after me now. | 5

6: How to Make a Midsummer's Wreath | Step 1- bend your hanger into a circular shape | What you will need: 1. wire clothing hanger 2. two flower strips 3. leaf colored duct tape 4. a ribbon (optional) | Step 2- weave on flower strips, but do not cut the flowers | Step 3- attach wiggly ends with duct tape | Step 4- Attach a ribbon to the top using the hook. Then hang it up. | 6

7: Other Middle Ages Holidays | January- Twelfth Night Religious Festival February- St. Valentine's Day, Candlemas March- Easter, Hocktide April- All Fool's Day May-May Day, Ascension June- Midsummer's Eve, St. John's Day July- St. Swithin's Day August- Lammas Day September- Life of St. Michael October- St. Crispin's Day November- All Hallows Day, St. Martin's day December- Christmas | 7

8: Bibliography | Celebrating Midsummer. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2011. . English Medieval Calendar. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Apr. 2011. . Holidays and Celbrations. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Apr. 2011. . Holidays, festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. Holidays, Midieval Festivals and Celebrations. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Apr. 2011. . A Medieval Christmas. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Apr. 2011. . Middle Ages Holidays. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Apr. 2011. .\ Midsummer’s Eve and Midsummer’s Day. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Apr. 2011. . Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Apr. 2011. . | 8

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