Time to Celebrate the Onset of Summer
Summer Soltice: 2:16 p.m. ADT; 10:16 PDT; 7:16 a.m. HST
Happy Summertime! Some believe that summer is the beginning of the death cycle of the Earth. Others in the Northern Hemisphere believe that a “Snake Spit Celebration” is in order tonight, the first evening of Summer 2011.
Awed by the great power of the sun, civilizations have for centuries celebrated the first day of summer otherwise known as the Summer Soltice.
The Celts (ancient Irishmen) danced by bonfires to help increase the sun’s energy.
The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese goddess of light.
The Australians (former British convicts and social outcasts) suffer without much sunshine. For the Aussies, shrimpies on the Bar-B-Q must be started early because the sun sets well before 5:00 p.m. (Note: Why my best man Joe ever moved down-under, I will never know) It must be colder than a witches’ titty down there.
Perhaps the most enduring ties with the Soltice were the Druids (ancient Frenchmen and women) who celebrated the day as the “Wedding of Heaven and Earth.” Even today, some heathens believe that a wedding of bride and groom results in being “lucky.”
Today is still celebrated in England at Stonehenge where thousands gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Soltice.
Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, people donned protective garlands, herbs, and flowers. St. John’s Wort is one such herb.
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