Midsummer’s Eve Memories || Jenna and Mordred
Midsummer’s Eve was a special time for the druids, known to them as Alban Hefin, the Light of the Shore. Druids from all over the Five Kingdoms gathered in places where the veil was thin, especially the sea shore, to celebrate and praise their gods. Tonight especially, they paid tribute to the Mother Goddess and the Solar God. It was the time of greatest light, when the Solar God was crowned by the Mother Goddess as King of the Summer. Young girls and boys would dance and spin, bedecked in garlands of flowers, around great bonfires. Young men whirled firebrands around their heads to form sun wheels or balanced blazing barrels atop poles or performed other flame-related feats of daring. And when the flames died to smoldering coals, everyone gathered would join hands and dance around the bonfires, careful not to break the chain for fear of bad luck.
It was also one of the few times when the druids need not fear one of King Uther’s raids, for there were Summer Solstice festivities of a slightly different sort happening in Camelot and throughout the kingdom.