Hey everyone, tomorrow is the Summer Solstice (20th June 2012) in the Northern Hemisphere. The word comes from the latin “sol” meaning sun and “sistere” meaning to stand still. It is the longest day of the year. It is also called Midsummer’s Day. The sun is at its most powerful on this day. Celebrated by almost all cultures historically, it is an important time of the year for Pantheists as one of the four major solar festivals.
It is a time when the whole earth is alive and crops are growing strongly. The flowers are blossoming and the trees are green. It is a time for fun and frivolity. It is traditional to celebrate this festival by having BBQ’s and Bonfires, watching the sunrise and eating summer foods e.g. salads.
After this day the days will begin to get shorter again as we move towards the harvest and the winter. Celebrating this festival helps us to become attuned to the ever turning cycle of the year and the changing seasons.
Below are some videos to get you in a summery mood…
Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
Revolution in Paradise – Heath Hunter
Hot Hot Hot – Crossfire
Theme from A Summer Place – Percy Faith