Summer Solstice

The summer solstice is when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky and it marks the longest day of the year, this year it will fall on Friday 21st June. It’s a celebration of midsummer and all the beauty it brings as well as fertility and renewal. We share how different cultures celebrate the summer solstice.

Clockwise from top right: aurora borealis as viewed from Mohe, Swedish maypole, midsummer feast and sunrise at Stonehenge.

Clockwise from top right: aurora borealis as viewed from Mohe, Swedish maypole, midsummer feast and sunrise at Stonehenge.

 

One of the most coveted places to view the summer solstice sunrise is at Stonehenge, UK. The Neolithic structures were ingeniously designed to showcase the ascending light of the solstice, the sunrise on this occasion aligns perfectly with a circle carved in stone at the site. An annual pilgrimage for historians, mythical seekers and tourists.

In ancient China, the summer solstice celebrated feminine yin forces and the earth element; women would give fans to each, to cool themselves down and sachets of perfume to make them smell sweet and ward off mosquitoes. On the summer solstice the town of Mohe, Helongjiang province, which is located in the northernmost tip of China, receives 17 hours of daylight and during the summer solistice it’s the best time to view the aurora borealis from the town.

Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, Norway and Denmark mark the summer solstice with bonfires, maypole dancing and outdoor feasts of vodka and herring. While in the USA, the best place to celebrate the summer solstice is Fairbanks, Alaska even though there is still snow on the ground in June, the city receives 24 hours of sunlight and hosts an annual Midnight Sun Festival.


Pretty pinks and bright yellow flowers for the summer solstice

Pretty pinks and bright yellow flowers for the summer solstice

 

Moonlight, Summer Moonlight by Emily Jane Brontë

Tis moonlight, summer moonlight,
All soft and still and fair;
The solemn hour of midnight
Breathes sweet thoughts everywhere,

But most where trees are sending
Their breezy boughs on high,
Or stooping low are lending
A shelter from the sky.

And there in those wild bowers
A lovely form is laid;
Green grass and dew-steeped flowers
Wave gently round her head.



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