The Summer Solstice (or longest day of the year to you and me) takes place this Friday (21st June). This is when summer officially begins – woo hoo!
Here are 5 ways you can celebrate.
1. Plan to travel
Consider spending summer solstice at one of the key destinations where the summer solstice has been celebrated for centuries, or at the site of a solstice festival. Many countries, such as Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden hold summer festivals in which people dance around a midsummer Maypole and decorate their homes with greenery, flowers, and tree branches.
2. Watch the sunrise from a mountain top
Make the most of the longest day (especially as it’s the end of the week) by climbing a mountain and watching the sunrise. Layhead is the ideal base for climbing one (or all) of the Three Yorkshire Dales Peaks Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent or Whernside. All perfect peaks to sit and watch this spectacle.
3. Make a solstice feast.
Have a feast! Invite your friends and family to come celebrate the solstice with you. Ask them to bring a dish they’ve made to share with everyone. Go to local farms shops or markets and choose fresh ingredients for your feast. Make dishes using items the colour of the sun, like lemons, squash, papayas, corn, oranges, bananas, carrots, peppers, peaches, apricots, cantaloupe, pumpkin, mangoes, grapefruit, and sweet potatoes.
4. Just enjoy the Day
Find somewhere quiet to sit and give yourself some time just to enjoy life.
Got any sunrise or sunset photos, or images of your fabulous feast? Send them to email@example.com and we’ll share them on our blog.