The Summer Solstice is one of the most important days in the calendar. More people are becoming aware of folk traditions and ancient solar monuments. Many people gather at Stonehenge and light bonfires to await the first light of dawn on the shortest night of the year. These customs are also associated with fertility and love. There are even rituals to help you attract your perfect mate.
A common summer solstice superstition is that the sun is closest to the earth on this day. This may be true for the northern hemisphere, but this myth is not true for the southern hemisphere. It is much closer to the sun, so people believe that it brings hotter temperatures and longer days. However, this myth is not supported by scientific evidence. At this time of year, the earth is farther from the sun, and the tides are lower. In fact, some areas experience extremely low tides on this day.
Older women are said to be able to speak to a soul. The Sioux performed a ceremonial sun dance around a tree, while women wore colors to represent the seasons. The Bighorn Medicine Wheel, an arrangement of stones built by the Plains Indians, aligns with the sunrise and sunset on the summer solstice. The site of the annual sun dance is also believed to be a place where evil spirits can manifest.
Midsummer ashes are believed to protect the gardener from misfortune and bring a bountiful harvest. Other superstitions include scattering ash on the midsummer bonfire, wherein the ashes will burn for protection against evil spirits. Another superstition is to throw ashes on a midsummer bonfire to ensure a good harvest. There are also many other customs associated with the Summer Solstice.
In many cultures, the summer solstice is celebrated with various celebrations. In Northern Europe, Midsummer is marked by bonfires, girls wear flowers in their hair, and home decorations are decorated with Maypoles. Wiccans, Neopagans, and New Agers celebrate the Solstice, as do countless other religions. In the United States, hundreds of thousands of people celebrate the Summer’s Equinox on this day.
During the medieval period, the Summer Solstice was one of four quarter days and was officially called the Feast of St. John the Baptist. However, it was originally dedicated to some other deity. The term Midsummer Eve is derived from the pagan name for the Midsummer moon. In many countries, the term “Honey Moon” comes from this ancient practice. It is the name of the summer’s moon.
Some cultures celebrate the summer solstice by celebrating the god Juhannus. In Finland and Sweden, the Solstice is known as Midsummer, and the Scandinavians are very aware of the solar year. In many parts of the world, the Solstice is celebrated as the shortest day of the year. Despite the fact that there are numerous superstitions associated with the Summer Solstice, there are a few traditions that are worth mentioning.