Festivals, Modern Lore

What is Litha: Summer Solstice Celebration by Wiccans


By Morningbird

Litha (Pronounched LITH-ah) is a Summer Solstice celebration celebrated by many Wiccans and adherents to various branches of Anglo-Saxon Paganism and Heathenry.

The name, Litha, stems from the Anglo-Saxon name for “midsummer”, Līþa according to the Venerable Bede’s work De temporum ratione.

Bede: The Reckoning of Time (Translated Texts for Historians LUP)
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Bede: The Reckoning of Time (Translated Texts for Historians LUP)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 352 Pages - 01/04/1999 (Publication Date) - Liverpool University Press (Publisher)

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Many traditions are associated with the modern festival of Litha and a great deal of lore surrounding it.

It can be difficult to separate historical realities from modern interpretations but opinions vary about how much this matters.

The festival is celebrated similarly to other Midsummer festivals with bonfires, feasting and dancing out of doors.

Written by Morningbird & Witchipedia Team

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