Summer Solstice happens in the 21st of June. Its time when it is the longest day and the shortest night of the year and that is the beginning of astronomical summer. Summer Solstice occurs when one of Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. On the summer solstice, Earth’s maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44°
At this time sun is at its highest and farthest from the earth and will be in the same place all week.
For all the inhabitants of the world, it has been the biggest and funniest summer holiday ever since ancient times.
The summer solstice, also known as Midsummer. The significance given to the summer solstice has varied among cultures. People hold celebrations, festivals, and rituals around that time with themes of religion or fertility. Midsummer always have been about the spirit of vegetation embodied in the grasslands. This name could mean flowering, prosperity and maturity.
The celebration of the solstice is strongly associated with nature. Ancient ancestors believed that the grasslands, water and fire collected on the longest day of summer or on its eve have extraordinary powers. Therefore, the rites of the summer solstice festival were performed with herbs, water, and fire. These rites strengthened the ancestral connection with nature.
OLD BUT GOOD TRADITIONS
Folklore says there are nine types of herbs. St. John’s wort, chamomile, Melampyrum pratense. Our ancestor used herbs for medicine and ceremonies.
Just before sunset, girls collected herbs to cure people of all diseases and protect them from anger. They decorated houses and weaved wreaths. From collected grasslands a large bouquet was put together without the use of threads, which when attached, were lifted on a high wood shank. It is a symbol of the midsummer festival – the herbs and mother nature. The bouquet of herbs had to be picked from nine grasslands, which were collected three from three different places, taking three steps in a different direction. This is how the Feast of Midsummer was starting.
All springs were decorated with flowers and tree branches. Girls were decorating their heads with wreaths and giving it to their beloved ones.
The ornate wreaths were put to swim in the river, with the intention and dream of getting the attention of a guy they liked the most.
All men burned bonfires near the livestock pastures. People believed that fire cleanses everything what’s bad. People celebrated this day in nature, singing, dancing in a circle hand in hand until the morning. After all, the night is short, it lasts only a few hours. It was believed this night is magical and man can draw the power from nature. The man with nature power can gain various powers, such as seeing hidden treasures, reading the thoughts of others, and understanding the language of animals and birds.
WATER BECOMES ALIVE
The water becomes alive and magical on the night of the Summer solstice. Scientists who have noticed this, claim that water actually changes its properties. At this time, the entire energy of the Earth is changing, the energy structures of the Earth are changing, and the geopathogenic zones are changing from negative to positive. This is why the properties of water changes. Its positive energy grows to infinity. Such water has a positive effect on human well-being, recharges all energy centers, improves emotional state being.
LET’S CELEBRATE LIKE OUR FOREFATHERS DID
You will not see the beauty of nature and the charm of the sunset among the large concrete buildings in the city. Spend this shortest night in nature, by the river, sea or ocean, watching sky and the stars. The sun climbs to the highest point of the zenith and begins to travel downward after the Summer solstice. The night is slowly getting longer, the day is getting shorter and this lasts until the Winter solstice, which happens on December 21st. After Winter solstice, the nights will begin to get shorter and the days will get longer.
We choose how to celebrate the summer, so let’s create the Midsummer Feast ourselves.
Let’s thank nature for healing and nourishing us. Put on the herb’s wreath as crown. Gather healing grasslands in flowering meadows. Take a bath in the river or the ocean. The most important thing is – to honor the Sun. Let’s thank for given light and warmth. Accompany her with love so that she may return next year. It is said that Sun was bathing and adorning itself with wreaths before this journey.
Have an amazing summer, beautiful Midsummer celebration and a meadow full of flowers!