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Summer Solstice


girl running at spanish banks

The longest day of the year always feels like it deserves a celebration.  In years past Tom and I used to haul speakers out into the forest on the summer solstice, dancing the shortest night away and reveling in the glorious summer sunrise.  One summer solstice we fell in love at the first of those parties, and on another summer solstice we got married.  Since we had kids and stopped hauling speakers out into the woods we’ve kind of fell behind on celebrating the solstice though.

Tell me, do you celebrate the summer solstice?  What kind of traditions or rituals do you have for the first day of summer?

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  • Rachael June 21, 2011, 7:37 am

    Happy solstice!

    I have no solstice traditions. I wish that I did.

    • michelle June 22, 2011, 10:23 pm

      I don’t have many solstice traditions either, at least not ones that were passed on to me from my family. I’m already thinking ahead of candle-making and other things to do for winter solstice… the idea of home made beeswax candles sounds so lovely.

  • Cynthia @ The Hippie Housewife June 21, 2011, 9:37 am

    I love the idea of taking speakers out into the forest. How magical that must have been.

    We’ll be heading to the beach to have a picnic of fruit and…something else. I haven’t planned very well and actually have no idea what else we’ll be eating. But yes, that’s the summer solstice plan, eating supper at the beach. :)

    • michelle June 22, 2011, 10:22 pm

      Ah, it was magical. My days of foolhardy youth! I was dreaming about a kid-friendly music festival or dancing-in-the-woods family camping trip the other day. Good music in the sun and trees during the day, and a sound sleep at night. :)

      Thanks for the dinner on the beach idea, we enjoyed our dinner out very much.

  • Colleen June 21, 2011, 1:41 pm

    What a WONDERFUL idea! We have to try that one year! But not this year, because of the kiddos. One day.

    I don’t know if we’ll be doing anything in particular tonight, even though I’d love to. We’ll see.

    I did a short “letting go” ritual on Sunday.

    • michelle June 22, 2011, 10:19 pm

      Letting go at the solstice sounds good… Several years now I find myself in a bit of a mania around the solstice, filled with an urgent compulsion to get things sorted out. Sometimes this is good, but often it’s a bit panicky. Practicing some conscious letting go would be a good antidote.

  • Kirsten June 21, 2011, 5:50 pm

    I think that the tradition of a bonfire on Solstice is amazing, and wish that it were possible to have a fire to dance around in our urban courtyard. Many of my best childhood memories were created around a fire (on the beach) and plenty of teenage and early adult memories too. While we didn’t particularly celebrate solstice in my family we absolutely celebrated the joy of summer with a cheery blaze at every reasonable opportunity!

    • michelle June 22, 2011, 10:18 pm

      Yes, bonfires are a great way to make a summer celebration special. It’s one of the things I love about going camping and getting out of the city – our neighbours here wouldn’t be too happy about a firepit in our backyard either.

  • Kirsten June 21, 2011, 5:56 pm

    That picture is lovely, by the way. Was that your recent camping trip, or is that one of the city beaches?

    I wish it were easier to get to the beach by bus from East Van. That’s one of my biggest regrets of being carless in the city!

    • michelle June 22, 2011, 10:16 pm

      It’s Spanish Banks, one of my favourite places to be in the whole world. This shot was taken two years ago now, but I still love it.

      My downstairs neighbours take the bus out to Wreck Beach pretty regularly, but it’s a whole day excursion.