On this day, " circle of illumination" will be from the Arctic Circle, on the far side of the earth (relation to the sun) to the Antarctic Circle on the near side of the earth. Ecuador receives twelve hours of daylight, there are 24 hours of daylight at the North Pole and areas north of 66 ° 30 'N, and there are 24 hours of darkness at the South Pole and areas south of 66 ° 30 'S.
The time of year is said to be magical and spiritual to many countries and religions.
The mysticism of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in England began thousands of years. Who really built the monoliths is uncertain, but the Druids worshiped the heathen and among the giant stones and continue today. Christians often incorporated pagan festivals in the Christian calendar, so it's no coincidence that the feast of St. John the Baptist, June 24, occurs during the summer solstice.
The summer solstice traditions focus on the life giving force of fire and light. Some people light huge bonfires that glow at night as a way to celebrate. The fires of Saint John became known as the fires of St. John (not in San Telmo -bad 80s big hair movie). Villagers gathered around the fire singing, dancing and singing charms. As the fire burned at night, people tended and watched over the flames.
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This day is so popular that Shakespeare wrote a play around jovial antics of humans and mythical creatures called, Dream of a Summer Night. (Remember having to read this book in high school torture?)
Still depressed by the longest or shortest day like me? Perhaps a conclusion one must come out of his funk Summer Solstice. Here are some ideas on a celebration.
There is also an old menu of pickled herring, boiled potatoes with sour cream, red onion and fresh dill, along with fish and grilled seafood (salmon). Strawberries and cream make up the dessert. The meal is accompanied by beer or liquor. As families gather for a meal in summer, whenever the drinks are poured again a drinking song sung awakening. See I told you it was like the Irish Festival.
2) Where to go if you want to celebrate with a crowd
Cape May Harbor Fest opens tonight at 7 pm Friday, June 20th with the Blessing of the Waters memorial service and placing a wreath at the Monument to the Fisherman, located at the end of Missouri Avenue in Cape May Harbor. A Summer Solstice Bonfire with story telling, songs and festival will roast marshmallows in the Nature Center of Cape May. Activities in Cape May harbor are scheduled for the weekend.