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The Longest Day: Summer Solstice Around the World

It’s the longest day of the year! In both ancient and still in modern times, people around the world are celebrating the Summer Solstice, or the longest day and shortest night of the year. Today there will be around 15 hours of daylight! 

In some parts of the world, this solstice is called Midsummer and is celebrated on par with Christmas.

Today all over the world, people will light bonfires to protect against evil spirits, which, according to folklore, as allowed to roam freely as the sun turns southward again. 

There are many symbols and tokens which help represent this interesting time in the wheel of the year.

Even if all this solstice talk is new to you, you ill be familiar with the most iconic symbol in relation to this time: Stonehenge. It is a time that can see crowds of more than 20,000 people flocking to the sacred site.

Many little girls you might see running around a Maypole with crowns of flowers on their heads as flowers are a great part of this celebration, being considered the height of their blooming. In Sweden especially, this is a very important day.

Green things, stones and crystals, are traditionally said to be more “powerful” during these times, for those that believe in such things. Herbs such as thyme, lavender and lemon are often used in cooking and baking. 

Photo Credit: Spice In The City

People run outside chasing fireflies in the late evening, while dusk sets in much later than normal.

It is truly a magical time, even if you don’t believe in magic.

As we have many Pronunciation Workshop members from parts of the world which still hold Midsomer as a very important part of their lives, tell us how you are celebrating today! We would love to see your photos and hear your stories!

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