Bonfire Night/St. John's Eve, June 23rd -
There are many Bonfire Nights that are celebrated at different times throughout the world. The Domain adopts into its calendar of holidays and seasons, however, the one that falls on Saint John's Eve. This Bonfire Night is known in the city of Cork and much of rural Ireland.
Linked to the Summer Solstice, this Bonfire Night is dedicated to Áine: daughter of the Daghda, a goddess of Summer, wealth, sovereignity, love, and fertility. Many in Ireland claim descendancy from her in one form or another, as many in the past attempted to take sovereignty by way of taking her by force: which turn into hard lessons of power and responsibility.
Eventually, as often with the Catholic Church, the Bonfire Night of Áine was obscured by the now St. John's Eve: commemorating John the Baptist lighting the way for the coming of the Christ. Many, however, still remember. At one point, the bonfires that are known with Bonfire Nights were restricted for safety issues in Ireland. The IEPA, however relented on this decision, making an exception for the sake of the holiday.
International Fairy Day, June 24th -
Founded by artist Jessica Glbreth, International Fairy Day is a time for all of us, fairy kissed or no, to honor and delight in the fanciful, the mystical, the ethereal in our lives. Throughout man’s history, Midsummers Day has been known as a time to revel in the magic of nature. It is one of the few "in between" times, when the veil is drawn thinnest and crossing between the worlds is at it’s easiest. This day, the longest of the year is known for odd things happening to unwitting mortals, victims of the fairies playful games. It is at this time that fairies may be seen, dancing round rings, or that mortals with the desire and a pure heart may meet a fae out walking in the woods.
Shakespeare’s Midsummer’s Night Dream is a famous version of such an event. And with the creation of Fairy Day, we wish to honor this ancient connection, to help bring back into the common focus the magical in our world, to help keep the veils thin enough so that we do not lose the Fae forever, and with them, a part of our own souls. To even, perhaps, one day lift the veil entirely and bring them back home.