Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Summer Solstice – Celebrations around the world

All around the world, you’ll find different countries are celebrating the Summer Solstice in a number of weird and wonderful ways. With the 21st of June just around the corner, the long night of celebrations is a fantastic way to get to know your new hosts’ culture. Here are just a few ideas of how to celebrate this year’s solstice where you are.

If you’re an expat from the UK living in Germany and you’re yearning for a little taste of home – why not celebrate Summer Solstice at the Externsteine Rock in Horn-Bad Meinberg, commonly known as the German sibling of Stonehenge.

In Spain, the Night of San Juan is something that must not be missed. Usually held on a beach, participants will light huge bonfires and enjoy great food and drink with friends and family. This night of celebration is said to be a perfect little taste of life in Spain all squeezed into one night, where an overwhelming feeling of comradery spans across age, culture and background.

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If you’re in the U.S., there are fantastic opportunities in New York to join a huge community of people to celebrate the longest day of the year. The ‘Solstice in Times Square’ is an immense display of thousands of people all participating in group yoga right in the centre of one of the busiest cities in the world, undoubtedly a great opportunity to meet new people whilst cleansing the mind, body and soul.

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For those in  Sweden, it’s all about coming together to to celebrate with plenty of food and drink and an abundance of dancing, usually around one of their prolific festival symbol – the May Pole. Similar festivities are held in the UK, so it would be a great chance to share your own culture whilst learning something about theirs! This is an unrivalled opportunity to eat, drink and be merry. Use it as chance to meet new people whilst injecting yourself into the local community by adopting one of their favourite traditions!

Ultimately, the list is endless. Wherever you are around the world there will almost certainly be a Summer Solstice celebration that you can get involved in. Spirits will be high and friendships will be made. Just be confident and throw yourself at every new opening that your journey offers!

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