Yesterday was Summer Solstice! June 21st. For the Northern Hemisphere, June 21st is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year with the most sunlight. In the Southern Hemisphere though, this is actually their Winter Solstice and is the shortest day of the year.
On this day, Earth’s North Pole is closest to the sun, so we have the most daylight hours as the sun reaches the highest point in the sky before descending. This is also called the first day of summer and is widely celebrated. All across Europe Summer Solstice is celebrated in many ways and forms. It is also referred to as Midsummer.
Here are a few ideas to help kick start your own (belated) Summer Solstice celebrating, traditions that you can do at home:
- Find some special summer recipes that you love and create your own little family or friend feast with things like: Homemade lemonade, baked goods decorated with celestial themes, the first BBQ of the summer, strawberry inspired cake, summer squashes, or get creative and try to add edible floral themes to your dishes
- Make a fun craft with your kids with the sun or summer being the theme. Paper lanterns, or making a sun with paint, paper plates, colorful buttons, or whatever craft supplies you have on hand. Check out Pintrest for luminaries for kids
- Make little fairies, or fairy houses in your garden. As a child I loved doing this, taking things from nature and forming them into tiny safe havens for fairies. Using rocks, moss, bark, and flowers, we would weave or form little shelters, decorations, and furniture. You could combine this with a fun nature walk before hand to gather supplies
- Floral everything! Freeze flowers in your ice cube trays, decorate with flowers everywhere, cut up floral fabric and making bunting to hang, crepe paper flowers, flowers in your food! Make chocolate dipped spoons and add violets or other edible flowers to it. Just make sure if you are ingesting any flowers that you first check that they are in fact edible and won’t make you sick.
- End your evening with a beautiful bonfire
Our family is having a big BBQ tonight at a local state park, we’ll have lawn games, rock climbing, food, and friends and family. How will you celebrate this weekend?