Summer Solstice Celebrations around the World

Yesterday (21st June) was officially the longest day, but for many people it’s celebrated as the Summer Solstice.

 

In the Uk, some believe that Stonehenge was built around 2500 BCE in order to establish the date of the Summer Solstice and to organise their calendars. Druids, pagans and miscellaneous travellers flock to Stonehenge to witness the sun rising in perfect alignment above the stone circle.

 

In Reykjavik, Iceland they celebrate with the ‘Secret Solstice – Midnight Sun Music Festival’. During this time the sun sets at around midnight and then rises again at 3am making their days very long.

 

If you’re in New York during the solstice you can go and join in with a day long yoga session in Times Square to mark the occasion. Even if you’re not close by you can still join in via the web.

 

Sweden celebrate Midsummer by donning wildflower wreaths, eating pickled herring, cured salmon and potatoes, drinking flavoured schnapps and dancing around a maypole.

 

Many people flock to Chichén Itzá in Mexico every year to witness the feathered serpent-shaped shadow on the central Mayan built El Castillo pyramid.