• Kathryn Hulland

The Summer Solstice - A Celebration of the Longest Day!

The summer solstice is a time of year that has been celebrated by cultures all over the world for centuries. At the solstice, the sun appears to stand still in the sky before reversing direction and starting to travel back towards winter. In the northern hemisphere, this happens on or around 21 June each year. For many people,the summer solstice is a time to celebrate nature, enjoy longer days and embrace warmer weather. There are many different ways to celebrate and honour this time of year, I will be celebrating it with friends this Sunday (a little early) in ceremony, by the fire, with shared food and some drumming - I can't wait!

Below are a few ides for things you could do to celebrate this Solstice

  • Spend time outdoors: Solstice is traditionally a time to enjoy the great outdoors. Why not have a picnic in your local park or go for a walk in the countryside? Make the most of the daylight and spend some time outside!

  • Connect with nature: The summer solstice is all about connecting with nature. You could visit a local beauty spot, go foraging for wild herbs or simply take some time to appreciate the natural world around you.

  • Have a bonfire: One of the most popular ways to celebrate solstice is by having a bonfire. This can be done solo or with friends – it’s up to you! Solstice fires are said to cleanse and purify, so it’s the perfect time to let go of any negative energy.

  • Dance: Solstice is a time of joy and celebration, so what better way to mark the occasion than by dancing! Whether you’re shaking your hips to some Latin beats or stomping your feet to traditional Celtic music, let your body move and enjoy yourself!

As we are half way through the year it is also a good time for some reflection too. Take stock of the year so far and look to what the next 6 months might bring, if you feel drawn you could set some new intentions for those 6 months. I will be taking some time to sit in nature with my journal and do just that. You could also write some things you want to let go of and burn them on the powerful solstice fire!

However you choose to spend the longest day of the year, make sure you enjoy it! Solstice blessings to you all.

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