Summer Solstice and Ways to Celebrate
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June 21 – June 22
Also called Alban Hefin or Midsummer in Welsh which means “the light of summer”.
The summer solstice is a very ancient and special time when the sun is at it’s peak and again, likely one of the oldest celebrations on earth. The Northern hemisphere experiences the longest day of the year and the sun touches the northernmost point on the horizon. In many northern points of the hemisphere such as Scotland, it is barely dark at midnight. Summer solstice in most places seemed to be a continuation of the celebrations that took place on Beltane. Making flower garlands, dancing, celebrations with food, music and bonfires were frequent activities. The Irish goddess Aine seems to have been celebrated at this time and her name means “brightness”. She was most likely a significant sun goddess at one time. It was thought that…
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