Midsummer is the period of time in the middle of the summer. The exact dates vary among different cultures. The celebration predates Christianity, and existed under different names and traditions around the world. These are commemorated by many Christian denominations , such as the Roman Catholic Church , Lutheran Churches , and Anglican Communion ,   as well as by freemasonry. In Denmark and Norway, it may also be referred to as St.
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William Shakespeare 's " A Midsummer Night's Dream " tells of four young Athenian lovers—Helena, Demetrius, Hermia, and Lysander—and their mixed-up love affairs, aided and complicated by the actions of fairies. When Helena is first introduced, she demonstrates her insecurities about her looks and her jealousy toward her friend Hermia, who has unwittingly stolen the affections of Demetrius from her. Hers is the harder love story to swallow, as Demetrius is in effect drugged by the fairies to be in love with her, but she accepts it all the same. Her insecurity leads her to accuse Hermia of mocking her when both Demetrius and Lysander are in love with Hermia:. Helena demeans herself in chasing after Demetrius even when he scorns her, but this demonstrates her constant love for him. It also allows the audience to accept the idea that Demetrius was drugged to be in love with her. We are more amenable to the idea that she would be happy just to have the chance to be together with him, whatever the circumstances.
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Fairies and spirits are traditionally active on Midsummer Night. Photo: Photos. Joining a Midsummer Night celebration while visiting England gives travelers a glimpse into a world of music, magic and ancient rituals. Solstice, which falls between June 20 and 22, is when the sun reaches its peak in the sky.