So, as per my resolutions list, I have a celebration coming up: Midsummer! For those of you who don't know about Midsummer, it's also called the Summer Solstice, or Litha (although in all honesty, I see more people call it Midsummer, and less people call it Litha, but whatever). The thing I like about Midsummer is that unlike people celebrate it in many different areas of the world-- it's very secularized, but also a based on tradition, and a link to heritage. And obviously, people may celebrate it in different ways. For instance, in Sweden one of the big activities for Midsummer is dancing around the Maypole (which, unlike its Beltane cousin, is covered in flowers and leaves as opposed to ribbons to be wrapped around it).
|Dancing 'round the Maypole at the Estes Park Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Colorado!|
|Midsummer Fireworks in Krakow, Poland (pic found here)|
In some cities, Midsummer is celebrated over many days, sometimes a week or a fortnight. And sure, maybe those festivals are less about celebrating the solstice and more secular, it's still pretty cool that people use this time in the calendar to basically have massive parties, such as the Cork Midsummer Festival in Ireland, or the Midsummer festival in Krakow which ends in fireworks and has Polish Pop bands rocking out on the riverbanks.