The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year in the Northern hemisphere. It marks the beginning of the summer season and it will fall on June 20th this year. Summer Solstice literally means, “When the sun stands still”.
This is a joyous time of the year. It is a time to celebrate the power and energies of the sun. The flowers are in bloom and the temperatures are warming up. This is a great time to form romantic unions. It’s no wonder June is a popular month for weddings.
Cultures throughout time have embraced the Summer Solstice. In ancient China, they celebrated the summer solstice ceremony by honoring the earth, the yin forces and the feminine energy. They observed the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. The Celts celebrated the Summer Solstice with fires, dancing and feasts. They believed the bonfires helped to increase the sun’s powerful energy. In Sweden, a Midsummer tree was set up and decorated in each town. The villagers danced around it and believed it would bring them abundance.
I encourage you to celebrate the Summer Solstice and enjoy nature’s full bloom. Take pleasure in your plants and flowers. Enjoy a delicious summer feast, build a roaring fire, and honor this festival of summer!