This Saturday marks the longest day of the year and the official start of summer. Celebrated by Pagans as Litha, it’s the perfect time to appreciate the power of sun; the flowers blooming, fruits, and vegetables ripening, and long afternoons. Here are a few ways to enjoy the day:
1. Make the most of the daylight
The best way to celebrate the longest day of the year is to enjoy all of it. Try rising early at dawn for some sunrise yoga, a nature walk, or some quiet time with a cup of coffee.
2. Spend time in nature
Other than an early morning walk, consider eating a meal outside, seeking out local birdwatching spots, and visiting a nature preserve or botanical garden. If you’re a city dweller with limited options, look for an open air farmers market, or a shop within walking distance that sells fresh flowers.
3. Make sun tea
Sun tea is brewed by letting the tea steep slowly in the sun. To make a batch, soak 6-9 tea bags in a 4 liter glass jar for 3-5 hours, and refrigerator once it’s at the desired strength. Flavor with mint, lemon, or your preferred sweetener.
4. Build a fire
Bonfires are a staple of many pagan holidays. Enjoy one with a small group of family or friends, or quietly alone to meditate.
5. Write a gratitude list
Celebrating Litha is about taking time to appreciate the abundance of harvest and the power of the sun, but also about internal abundance. Write a list of things you are grateful for, and then save it as a time capsule to open at the start of next year’s summer.