Summer solstice 2021 occurs on Sunday, June 20th (11:32 PM EST). In the Northern Hemisphere, this is the longest day of the year which marks the start of the summer season. Here is everything you need to know about summer solstice day, as well as how you can celebrate it.
What is Summer Solstice?
The word “solstice” means “sun stands still”. So, summer and winter solstice are the moments when the sun appears to stop “moving” and linger in the sky. During the June solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the Sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky. Therefore, this is the shortest night and the longest day of the calendar year.
The Sun represents the light of consciousness and all life. So, the summer solstice is a perfect time for self-reflection.
How to Celebrate the Summer Solstice?
#1. Visit Stonehenge
If you want to have a memorable summer solstice time, then consider visiting Stonehenge (Wiltshire, England). Stonehenge is a remarkable prehistoric monument full of mystery. That is why for centuries people have been gathering there around various holy days. Similar to 2020, you can connect with this ancient spiritual site from the comfort of your home by watching a sunrise live stream.
The summer solstice is one of the most potent days of the year. So, it is wise to devote some time to meditation and intentions. Set a few minutes aside, go inward and reflect in silence.
#3. Go for a Swim
Another great way of welcoming summer solstice includes swimming. If you live near a sea, an ocean or a lake, definitely enjoy an early morning swim. This will certainly set you up for an awesome day.
#4. Eat Strawberries
Did you know that the Swedes celebrate the first day of summer by eating strawberries and cream? Interestingly enough, June’s full Moon is called the Full Strawberry Moon because it tends to coincide with the ripening of strawberries in some US areas. So, if you have farms in your area, go strawberry picking.
#5. Play Outdoor Games
Spending time out with your loved ones can be another way to enjoy the summer solstice. There are so many outdoor activities you can choose from, including exercising, playing games, going on a road trip, etc. If you decide to play outdoors, remember to bring a first aid kit with you.
#6. Have a Sacred Solstice Evening Bonfire
Some people believe that keeping a sacred fire burning brings good luck. You can light a small candle or create an Altar of Light. On the other hand, it can also be fun to gather with friends and have a big bonfire.
We hope that our selection of ideas will act as a source of inspiration for you. Naturally enough, there are plenty of more ways in which you can honour summer solstice. Yet, do not overthink and simply feel into whatever suits your personality. Happy summer solstice!