Some choose to hold the rite on June 21, even when this is not the longest day of the year, and some celebrate June 24, the day of the solstice in Roman times.

Midsummer, also known as St John's Day, is the period of time centred upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the Northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening. The Christian Church designated June 24 as the feast day of the early Christian martyr St John the Baptist, and the observance of St John's Day begins the evening before, known as St John's Eve.

These are commemorated by many Christian denominations. European midsummer-related holidays, traditions, and celebrations are pre-Christian in origin.

After realizing the mistake Oberon places a drop of the magical flower on Demetrius' eyes and sends him chasing after Helena with Lysander.

When both Demetrius and Lysander chase after her, Helena accuses Hermia of being part of a cruel joke.

Puck finally places the antidote on Lysander's eyes - but not on Demetrius's.

They all wake up the next morning when Theseus, Hippolyta and Egeus find them.

In Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Estonia, Midsummer's Eve is the greatest festival of the year, comparable only with Walpurgis Night, Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve.

Ancient Romans would hold a festival to honor the god Summanus on June 20 .

Hermia feels betrayed by the accusation and retorts that she would never hurt her friend that way.