First Day of Summer!

by Alice Magdziak • June 21, 2011 • HolidayComments (0)1585

Time to finish up your vacation plans because summer’s officially here!

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The first day of summer really means that it’s the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Today, the Earth’s axial tilt is the farthest tilted towards the sun that it will be all year.

Throughout time, the Summer Solstice has been celebrated by different civilizations. The Celts and Slavs celebrated the first day of summer by lighting bonfires to increase the sun’s energy. The Chinese mark the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. The most enduring celebration of Summer Solstice ties in with the Druids, who celebrated the day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth.” To this day, many still believe that June weddings are lucky. Perhaps, the largest modern day celebration for Summer Solstice occurs every summer in England. Thousands gather every year to welcome the sun on Summer Solstice at Stonehenge. Here in the United States, Santa Barbara in California celebrates Summer Solstice with a parade and festival.

Summer Solstice Fun Facts:

  • Ancient Pagans celebrated Summer Solstice with bonfires. Couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.
  • Summer Solstice was thought to be a magical time when evil spirits would disappear.
  • Pagans called the Summer Solstice moon the “Honey Moon” for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at Summer Solstice.

[via the examiner.com, from 2010]

New Jersey’s rituals revolve more around the Shore and barbeques.  What are your family’s?

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