The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, when the earth’s tilt on its axis is positioned most inclines towards the sun.
Because of this attribute, the summer solstice has been celebrated throughout history as a day of power and beauty. It especially represents the sunny summer months, the growing season and the potential harvest.
Many cultures celebrate the summer solstice. In Britain Midsummer is celebrated on 24 June. In Nordic countries Midsummer’s Eve, or the day before the solstice is celebrated.
In Canada we have different areas which celebrate both the Nordic and British traditions, and due to our northern location, the summer solstice is also recognized as the unofficial first day of real summer. As in, when it actually starts getting warm and sunny and the water’s warm enough to swim in!
This year the solstice will be 21 June, so hang around the Holiday Corner and we’ll get you well sorted to celebrate!