How Britain celebrates Summer solstice?

Published on : Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer solsticeThe Summer solstice is nearly upon us! It’s the longest day of the year, and for centuries it’s been associated with all kinds of religious and folk celebrations.

While the actual solstice falls on the 21st June, celebrations have historically taken place any time between the 19th and 24th June. Traditionally, bonfires would be lit to scare away evil spirits, and even dragons, while a great wheel would be rolled downhill to signify the sun reaching its highest point, then descending throughout the remainder of the year.

Summer solstice at Stonehenge
Traditional Midsummer’s bonfires are still lit in Cornwall. But the best known Summer Solstice celebration in Britain takes place each year at Stonehenge. A site of solstice celebrations for time immemorial, people flock to the stone circle each year on the 20th June to see the sunrise on the solstice the following day.

Summer solstice at Avebury
Stonehenge is the most famous, but there are also solstice celebrations at England’s other well known stone circle: Avebury

The summer solstice is traditionally a time of new beginnings and renewal, as well as a time to get close to nature, so it’s the perfect day to set aside for a country walk.

Source: VisitBritain

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