summer : solstice

It's the longest day of the year. Enjoy the sunlight and happy solstice! Maybe you can partake in one of the many traditions from around the world for celebrating midsummer. Here are a few ideas:

  • Candle flames & bonfires - a part of so many Midsummer traditions (like in Ireland, Australia, Canada, France, England, Norway, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, Finland)
  • Jumping over the flames -- as in Estonia, Latvia and Germany. This will guarantee prosperity.
  • Eat corn for the corn harvest season in Brazil
  • Cook with herbs for the common practice in many places where women, sorceresses and enchantresses gather medicinal plants at Midsummer.
  • Music and dancing (everyone does this, but add a maypole for the Russians and Swedes)
  • Feasting - always appropriate
  • Buy flowers for the ladies and leaves for the men as they do in Latvia
  • Declare your love to someone by offering them a small pot with a sweet basil plant growing in it, as is the practice in Lisbon
  • Lights to honor Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light
  • Frolicking - universal