How to Create Memorable Summer Solstice Rituals

By Megan Morrow
Published June 17, 2019

On June 21, sun lovers everywhere will honor and celebrate the summer solstice, the longest day and shortest night of the year, when the earth’s axis has its maximum tilt toward the sun.

For generations and generations, people around the world have commemorated the notions of renewal, harvest and life with feasts, bonfires, dances and more. The word “solstice” is derived from “sol,” Latin for sun, and “sistere,” meaning to stand still, since ancient people believed the sun stood still in a steady position in the sky.

While the days will start getting shorter on June 22, establishing lasting summer solstice rituals can mark this delightful day and create sweet memories that brighten those darker days. Here are some fun suggestions for celebrating the solstice this year and every year:

  • Soak up the sun: After applying sunscreen, of course, spend some time outdoors: Take a walk, ride a bike, visit a garden or farmer’s market, dip your toes in the water or sand, read a book on a sunny bench or take a nap in your favorite hammock. Just a few minutes of sunshine can give you a boost of energy and an appreciation of nature.
  • Host a bonfire: A warm and light-filled way to celebrate this sunny day, a bonfire can bring together friends and neighbors with fire and fun. If you want to set a world record, however, you will have to work pretty hard. In 2016, revelers in Norway set a record for their solstice bonfire that reached nearly 156 feet.
  • Do some yoga: The summer solstice coincides with the International Day of Yoga, the perfect time to – literally – salute the sun. You can do gentle sun salutation movements or more vigorous options as a way to move your body, warm up from the inside out and honor the sun.
  • Set an intention. Mid-year is a great time to check in with your goals and intentions for the year. If there something you would like to modify or add? A goal that needs renewing? A day of light and celebration offers a wonderful opportunity for refocusing on your self and your year.
  • Watch the sun rise and/or set: Wake up before the sun to watch its first rays spread across the sky, a lovely reminder of the power of nature, or settle in to watch the sun dip into the earth at night. This simple, meditative act can be both inspiring and affirming.

No matter what you do on June 21, take some time to enjoy the light and to appreciate the amazing power of the sun.

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