Many of us allow the summer solstice to come and go without a second thought. However, for those of us who love travel, and any kind of attention to astronomic events know it’s an exciting day for many people and cultures around the world. For those of you who don’t already know, but are curious… here are the top 10 summer solstice celebrations from around the world!
1. Dragon Boat Races (China)
In China the Summer Solstice refers to both the astronomical event as well as the traditional festival that takes place every years. In China, the Summer Solstice is considered to be the Yin, whereas the winter solstice is considered to be the Yang
The Dragon Boat Race is a very exciting 3 day holiday and festival with races being held all throughout mainland China.
2. The Sphinx (Egypt)
Worshipping the Sun has always been a common tradition of many Egyptian religions. The Summer Solstice was always associated with the rise of the River Nile. This caused the water to spread out far beyond the Nile’s shores and into the fields which always promised a good crop that could feed the entire nation.
While no official celebration occurs at The Sphynx at the summer solstice, it creates a magnificent once-in-a-lifetime to see sunset between two of the great pyramids. This amazing sunset attracts tourists and people from all around the world due to it’s spectacular nature.
3. Reykjavik (Iceland)
This is where the Secret Solstice Midnight Sun Music Festival is held every year, in the place where the sun never sets: Reykjavik, Iceland. This three-day event usually takes place inside a glacier or a heated lagoon.
This festival attracts some of the biggest artists and bands in the world. You can find more information by clicking here.
4. Midsommar Festivals (Stockholm, Sweden)
The summer solstice in Sweden is also know as Midsommar – and it is widely celebrated throughout the country . There isn’t a huge and organized festival, but it is common tradition for many swedes to go to their favorite island or head to the countryside to take part in traditional dancing.
5. Stonehenge (Wiltshire, England)
Stonehenge in England is perhaps the most famous stone circle in the world. A complete mystery of why or how it came to be, it has become the most popular site to witness the sunrise of the summer solstice due to it’s absolute perfect alignment.
Experts are almost certain that whoever made Stonehenge originally, intended it to be perfectly aligned with the summer solstice for an absolutely breathtaking view.