Litha

(aka Midsummer; Lissa or Lady Day)

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It was last edited 9 June 2004


This is the summer solstice, the "Noon" of the year's day, and the longest day of the year. Light and life abound, and we joyfully turn outward, experiencing the joys of plenty, tasting the first fruits of the season.
 
Litha is a holiday recognized by many neoPagan and Wiccan groups, though not all. For example, the original Gardnerian rituals had no place for a Solstice Ritual. I don't have a clue when the name began to be used by modern Pagans. It is one of the four "Lesser Sabbats".

Litha is pretty much pronounced just like it looks (although if you want to make a stab at a Scandinavian sound, it'll be more like "leetha" with the "th" more like a aspirated "t"

Litha is Norse or Anglo-Saxon for "longest day."  The term "Lady Day" refers to the Goddess, although the name is more commonly used to refer to "Annunciation of the Virgin Mary" on March 25.

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