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Midsummer and the Feast of St John the Baptist

Today, 24th June, is the Feast of St John the Baptist, a day that is marked by many Catholic countries around the world and a feast that was an important celebration in the medieval and Tudor periods, with it coinciding with Midsummer.

Fairies, fires, dancing, feasting and drinking were all part of the celebrations, and still are today.

In the following video, I talk about how Tudors celebrated this special day and also how my village and neighbouring village celebrate it. It's a wonderful fiesta.

Book recommendations: "The English Year" by Steve Roud; "The Stations of the Sun" by Ronald Hutton; "Tudor Feast Days" e-book by the Tudor Society - click here.

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Midsummer and the Feast of St John the Baptist