Why is midsummer Eve not in the middle of summer?
Why is midsummer not celebrated on 06 August which is the cross-quarter day and the exact middle of summer?
It does take place throughout mid-summer, but Midsummer Night's Eve is when all the fairies are believed to come out and "play". Playing tricks on people walking through the woods, some haunting passing travelers, a night for them to have fun. So it is based then so the use of the fairies can be used with no questioning in that time.
No. Days get longer for half a year, starting from the middle of winter. Then, from the middle of summer, they start getting shorter again. The length of a given day increases from the winter solstice (shortest day of the year) to the summer solstice (longest day of the year). The length decreases from midsummer to midwinter. If winter is defined as the period from the winter solstice to the vernal equinox, and spring as…