Simple Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs when the sun travels along its northernmost path in the sky. Often called the longest day of the year, it’s the day with the most daylight making it a day worthy of celebration! For thousands of years, cultures from all over the world have held summer solstice celebrations. Not based on a specific calendar date or time, it can occur anytime between June 20-22. This year, the summer solstice is set to fall on June 21.
Watch the Sun Rise
Commonly associated with the earliest sunrise and latest sunset of the year, you can start the day off right by catching the sun’s ascent. Set to rise at 5:14 am EDT, it’s sure to be inspirational.
Cue Up a Fun Playlist
A celebration is only as good as the music played. Pull together uplifting songs that celebrate life (and the sun), such as Sunshine Reggae by Bob Marley, Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves, and Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles.
Light Up Your Space
As an ode to the sun, hang some string lights in the backyard or light a few candles and take a moment to reflect. The cycle of the sun represents the cycle of our lives and reflects the natural flow of energy moving inward and outward.
Watch the Sun Set
Missed the sunrise? How about catching the sunset? It’s set to sink around 9:02 pm. Pack a snack and find the perfect spot to watch – the end of the dock, the beach, a hilltop, park, or field.
Host a Bonfire
One traditional way to celebrate the summer solstice is with a bonfire. Don’t have the space? A fire pit or outdoor chiminea will do just as well. In fact, a handful of sparklers will do in a pinch. Invite your neighbours and enjoy the night sky.
Stay Up Late and Stargaze
Though the shortest night of the year, nighttime stargazing is a fabulous way to celebrate the summer solstice. You don’t need a telescope (although that’s fun too!), just a clear sky and somewhere to sit.
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