The Summer Solstice 2020 officially occurs in the Northern Hemisphere at 5:43 PM (EDT) on Saturday, June 20. Celebrated between June 20 and 22 (most often on the 21st), the solstice marks the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere (Summer Solstice) and the shortest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere (Winter Solstice). It is the time when the sun reaches its zenith in the sky (Northern Hemisphere).
The Summer Solstice is thought of as the first day of summer in North America, but in many countries in Europe and Scandinavia, it is considered midsummer. That is also true for pagan cultures and those who follow the of the Wheel of the Year.
Litha / Midsummer
Litha (pronounced LEE-thuh), or Midsummer, celebrates the power of the sun and the Deities of the Summer Solstice. It is a time of light and heat.
Celebrations include festivals, bonfires, flowers, herbs, and honoring the Oak King who rules the first half of the year before giving way to the Holly King for the remainder of the year.
A Midsummer's Eve tradition is to stay up all night, bonfires blazing, and wait for the sun to rise.
Druids and pagans have gathered at scared places to welcome the sun for ages. This year, the popular Summer Solstice gathering at Stonehenge in England will be live streamed on Facebook for all who wish to join in. Click the link above to go to their FB Live event.
Midsummer is especially popular in Sweden. It marks the beginning of summer and is one of the country's most important holidays. Celebrations there include making flower wreaths for display and to wear as a headdress, dancing around the Midsummer Pole, singing songs, and feasting on special food and drink.
Decorate your table, altar, or a special space with the colors of Green, Gold, Yellow, and Red. Summer flowers, seashells, candles, a chalice of water, and an athame (ceremonial knife).
Some of the Gods and Goddesses associated with Litha are Pan, Apollo, Ra, Osiris, Juno, Hera, Isis, Ishtar, and Inanna.
Creatures of Litha are Honeybees, Fairies, Sprites, and Fireflies.
Special stones include Emerald, Carnelian, Citrine, Topaz, Smokey Quartz, and Jade.
Foods should include all summer fruits and vegetables, honey, mead, and herbs.
Sending all Solstice Blessings from the Holiday Chicks.
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