We are so excited that summer solstice is approaching.
It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, during which the sun reaches the furthest point from the Equator and seems to be stopping for a while. Intertwined with ancient rituals, pagan traditions and century old customs, Summer Solistice has had a great impact on culture and civilisations. Stonehenge and the Avebury complex in Wiltshire, South West England, were erected around 5,000 years ago as monuments of this unique phenomenon. People still visit them en masse on that day to watch the sun rise in a festive atmosphere bursting with mystery and excitement. Others just enjoy the longest sunshine of the year by the sea or in parks having picnics.
In Ancient Greece, the solstice festival marked a time of social equality. The Greek festival of Kronia, which honoured Cronus, the god of agriculture, coincided with the solstice. The festival was distinguished from other annual feasts and celebrations in that both slaves and freemen participated in the festivities as equals.
This year the solstice also coincides with National Picnic Week. What a great opportunity to gather up your picnic accessories and organise a delicious picnic to celebrate the great outdoors and summer solstice!