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9 Jun 2023

Summer solstice in Glastonbury

Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Glastonbury, a time of transition and renewal. Head to Glastonbury Tor for sunrise and embrace the beautiful flowing symmetry of nature's cycles.

The Summer Solstice, 21st June 2023, marks the longest day and shortest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, also known as Estival solstice or Midsummer or Litha. Solstice is derived from the Latin words sol (Sun) and sistere (to stand still). Summer Solstice in Glastonbury is a popular time for locals and visitors to come together and celebrate this unique event.

The solstice marks the beginning of the astronomical summer, taking place on Wednesday, June 21. The sun will rise at 4.53am and set at 9.31pm. From here the days will gradually get shorter until we reach the Winter Solstice once again.

Our Ancestors did not have clocks or calendars. Thousands of years ago they would have observed the changes in nature throughout the year. Noticing the shorter or longer, warmer or colder days and being very aware of the change in animal behaviour. We have lost that connection to the natural rhythms of our world and Summer Solstice gives us the opportunity to take a moment and really honour the sun on whose warmth and light all life on earth depends.

This is a transition moment, a recognition that a new cycle is about to begin, a moment to pause, to look back and celebrate what we have actively achieved in the last six months, and envision the harvest to come. By marking the Solstices we acknowledge this beautiful flowing symmetry that brings balance to the natural world and into our lives.

Daybreak particularly is a special time to gather and many people climb Glastonbury Tor for the Summer Solstice in Glastonbury to watch the sun rise. Being out so early in the half light, hearing the loudness of the dawn chorus and watching the sky lighten or the Sun break free of the horizon as the day begins, is thrilling and worth the adventure of being up so early. Make simple head-dresses from twisted and bound grasses and wildflowers to honour the plant world.

As the Sun rises or the sky lightens, say aloud ‘I give thanks for…’ . Feel your feet on the ground and the life giving sun on your body.

Call in to Glastonbury Information Centre and speak to a member of the Pilgrim Reception Team or read our information about the Summer solstice and find illustrated Wheel of the Year posters.

Solstice Blessings from the Pilgrim Reception Team

Glennie Kindred

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