The season of summer solstice
One beautiful thing about seasons is the changes that occur. This change differentiates one season from the other. As we are aware that there are four seasons on our solar calendar, and one of the primary concerns here is the solstice, especially the summer solstice. In a layman term, a solstice is when you have an unequal day and an unequal night. It is usually the longest day and the shortest night of the year. Also, it is the first day of summer in the Northern hemisphere. It is a day where we are fully awake, and our spirits are alive, renewed, and energized. After this day, the other days get shorter while the night becomes longer.Just in case you are interested in witnessing this year’s summer solstice, the date to watch out is on Saturday, June 20, 2020 but the dates will depend on the shift on the calendar and it is usually between June 20 and June 22 in the Northern hemisphere.
What exactly are we celebrating in the summer solstice? The summer solstice is popularly called the midsummer, and it is the day the Earth’s North Pole is tilted closest to the sun or has its maximum tilt towards the sun. It is the longest day, usually daylight hours of the year for the people living in the northern hemisphere. Also, it is the day that the sun reaches its highest point in the sky and a day with the most prolonged period of daylight. Symbolically, fire is used throughout the summer solstice celebrations in praising the sun for bringing luck, utmost bounty, abundance, beauty, and to ward off the darkness.
A lot of traditions embrace the celebration of the summer solstice, like Ancient Egypt, Aztecs of Mexico, Chinese, Indigenous European, etc. Throughout history, this day has been known to as one of the most powerful days of the year for spiritual growth and healing because of the abundance of light bestowed upon the earth on that particular day.
The summer solstice is a global occurrence happening at an exact moment and the same moment everywhere on the earth. No matter your location in the Northern hemisphere, you will experience the summer solstice on the stated day of the occurrence.
It is a time that reflects on the peak or complete moments of your life. It is a moment to reflect on your achievement in life so far and count the many blessings obtainable. A time that signifies that the earth is at its fullness of her strength, fertility, and abundance, which we also join in claiming those blessings upon ourselves.
After the solstice, the day starts getting shorter because at the period, the northern hemisphere has begun to tilt away from the sun, and the day starts to grow shorter again until the winter solstice.
What are those things to do or to celebrate during the Summer Solstice?
Well, this will depend on the individual and how happy the person is with nature.
- Wake up early with a sense of joy
- watch the rising of the sun
- Invite friends for a long solstice party
- Paint or draw something outside
- Note Sun at Zenith (directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer) at noon.
- Honor the four directions by standing in those directions simultaneously
- Make a wish
- Cook a new recipe
How did the light feel?
Summer solstice is a time to celebrate the spirit of the season.
No dull moments because it’s just a day thing, enjoy it while it lasts.
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