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A Midsummer Daydream

Tom Shakespeare presents the third of his four essays. Shouldn't we in Britain have better festivals? Shouldn't we celebrate Midsummer?

In Britain many of our holidays and festivals are rather dull - bank holidays for example. Tom Shakespeare, presenting the third of his four essays, says that when he looks at other cultures he feels a strong sense of festival envy. He wants Britain to have better festivals. To start with, shouldn't we celebrate Midsummer?

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A Point Of View: Solstice and the lack of symbolism in Britain

The Church's appropriation of many pagan festivals has left an important gap - the summer solstice. Tom Shakespeare casts an envious eye at the seasonal rituals celebrated in other countries and urges more symbolism in British holidays and traditions.

 

Read Tom Shakespeare's article on the BBC News website

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