Six Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Six Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

The summer solstice is quickly approaching! I know I have been so grateful for the 8 PM sunsets as I wrap up dinner dishes and enjoy the end of my night. The solstice is the kickoff to summer, the longest day of light in the year. Now on North Haven summer begins Memorial day weekend, when summer residents come on island to wake up their sleepy houses and open the windows, wash their sheets and prepare for their slow season. While myself and others use this time to swap our winter clothes for summer and spring attire as well as swap our housing. I moved out of my winter rental into my summer space and have been cleaning and sorting my closet and possessions. The weather has been in the 60s and I’ve been reaching for my tennis skirts and fun dresses. Hello again pale legs!

Here are six rituals we can all take part in to honor the peak of sunshine:

Take a Dip 
The first plunge of summer. Cold water and goosebumps will join me on my dip but hopefully friends too.

A Sunset Watch Party
Gather some friends, have a glass of wine or do some gardening and chat, giggle, listen to music and watch as the sun dips below the horizon. Be in awe of the golden light and let it warm your face and body, while your friends warm your heart and soul. Being around others to enjoy this celebration will fill your cup as you “ooo and ahhh.” Or even more badass - start the day at 4 AM with SUNRISE and spend the entire day with the sun. 

Journal and Meditate
Take some time to reflect on the spring and winter you just endured. Then use the future as a way to set new intentions and goals, or even just as space to learn and grow. Pull some tarot cards, light some incense and sow the seeds.

Go for a Walk
Be outside! Enjoy the light, walk around your house, or go explore, go to the beach, your friends backyard, the golf course, downtown. Moving your body and noticing what is around you. You don’t just have to celebrate the end of the day, you can celebrate the middle too.

Host a Dinner Party
Indulge on this entrance to another season, potluck style or a classic North Haven beach cookout! It’s always fun to end the night with full bellies, and sore faces from laughter.

What else is there to do? Dance around, let loose and celebrate the end of the longest day of the year. You can also sub with karaoke, or lawn games, tag, sardines, or classic board games like bananagrams. Whatever floats your boat. 

However you decide to celebrate, keep it sweet and fun and welcome in the new season! Joyous Solstice!

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