June 21, 2011 – the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year with the sun at it’s most northern position. Why is the summer solstice of any import to any of us? Here are some traditional / symbolic meanings:
- While some consider the summer solstice as the beginning of summer, many actually regard it as midsummer.
- For those who revere nature, summer solstice may be celebrated by a bonfire, and staying up to greet the dawn.
- It both ushers in the warmest season, and reminds that the season is short, slipping away day by day.
In 2005, Steve and I made a trip to Sweden to tour various “eco-municipalities”. We were able to be there on the Summer Solstice, with wonderful memories of staying up much of the night playing volleyball and running in and out of the sauna. Swedes know how to celebrate.
So we welcome summer here at Pinehurst Inn. While we might have had a bonfire and lots of guests using the sauna, the gale force winds and rain happening today might cut that short. It’s alright thought. We have summer ahead with lots of opportunity to to honor this place, our community and our guests.
But we are reminded to take the time to experience each day to the fullest.
How do you celebrate this day?