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Term: Litha

DEFINITIONs:
1.  June 20
The first day of summer is Litha, a festival that honors the Sun at its zenith.
Summer Solstice.
SOURCE:  Llewellyn's Witches' Datebook 2004, K.D. Spitzer
2.  A name for the summer solstice used in many modern Pagan traditions. It has been claimed as the original Pagan name for this festival, but no evidence has been presented to back this up. The actual origin of the term appears to be J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy, The Lord of the Rings; in the calendar Tolkien devised for the fictional race of Hobbits, midsummer’s day is named Lithe.
SOURCE:  The New Encyclopedia of the Occult, by John Michael Greer
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