Embrace the Magic of the Summer Solstice – The Longest Day of the Year
You may already feel that the days are long and summer is here, but did you know that the longest day of the year is happening on June 21? The longest day of the year is called the summer solstice and has been celebrated since ancient times! If you’re looking for ways to celebrate summer, celebrate summer solstice! Keep reading for some ideas to help you commemorate this year’s solstice.
What is the Summer Solstice?
The summer solstice occurs each year between June 20th and June 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere. It marks the longest day of the year when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky, giving us extended daylight hours (and shorter nights). The solstice holds cultural and spiritual significance across different cultures. It has long been a symbol for light triumphing over darkness and is often celebrated with festivities and rituals to honor the long daylight hours and the arrival of the summer season.
Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice
Embrace the Outdoors
What better way to celebrate the celestial phenomenon of summer solstice than to get outside? With the sun beaming its warmth and radiance, it’s the perfect time to venture outside and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature! Try starting your day by watching the sunrise that can instill a sense of calm, gratitude, and connection with nature. Later on, plan a picnic in a picturesque spot and take advantage of the extended daylight by going on a hike or nature walk. With Waldorf’s central location, you can plan to visit the coast, Potomac River, or a park in Nanjemoy to get outside and enjoy the summer weather on or around the solstice.
Gather to Celebrate
The summer solstice is all about coming together and reveling in joyous moments. Throw a potluck dinner and invite friends and family to contribute refreshing summer dishes. Traditional favorites are salads, fresh fruit and berries, and cool desserts. Don’t forget to incorporate refreshing drinks too!
As twilight sets in on the solstice, bring an element of tradition into your celebrations by incorporating candlelight or lanterns. This symbolizes the triumph of light over darkness. You can encourage your guests to share stories and traditions to make your celebration even more memorable and weave in some solstice folklore.
Don’t Miss this Great Opportunity to Celebrate Summer in Waldorf
After the summer solstice, the days start to get slowly shorter. But don’t worry, there will still be plenty of days to soak up the sun during long days of summer. Whether you celebrate summer on the 21st or sometime after, the solstice gives us all reason to celebrate the light. So gather your loved ones, relish the beauty of nature, and celebrate the magic of summertime.
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