3 Ways to Celebrate Summer Solstice
Summer solstice is the longest day of the year with more daylight than any other day just as winter solstice is the shortest day of the year. It’s only a few weeks away so it’s time to start planning your rituals, parties, or other fun things to do for the summer solstice. If you’re still stumped on what to do, then here are 3 ways to celebrate summer solstice whether you’re pagan or not.
My favorite way to celebrate the summer solstice is with a beach bonfire. I live in California so this is fairly common during the summertime (or any time if you live near the beach). If you’re doing something simple with friends who are not pagan, it’s not intimidating like a public ritual, but if you are doing it with pagan friends, you can opt to include a ritual in the evening festivities along with seasonal food and drink. If possible, start your day out on the beach with a sunrise stroll along the shore. Write something you want to banish in the sand and let the waves wash it away.
If your goal is to get back in touch with nature and the turning of the wheel, then exploring nature is a great idea! Hike up a local trail and explore local waterfalls or other natural wonders. Listen to the sounds of the earth, animals, and all that we tend to miss during normal days. Camping is a great idea, especially if you can do so near a lake or beach.
Throw A Party
Another thing you can do is throw a fun barbecue, pool party, or summer dinner party. You can include (or not include) a summer ritual that honors the 4 elements in nature, especially sun and water. Serving seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables is a good idea to honor this sabbat. You can also enjoy infused drinks and treats. It’s totally up to you 🙂 Flowers and candles are encouraged for any sabbat celebration, but do what works for you.
However you celebrate this turning point in the wheel, I hope you do so with joy, reverence for nature, vitality, and presence.