“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees…I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
The summer solstice (or equinox) in the northern hemisphere brings the longest day and shortest night of the entire year. It has been celebrated for millennia as a time of new beginnings, fertility, and fruitful harvests. With the solstice happening Thursday, this week we explore fascinating landmarks and celebrations that honor the summer equinox, across the United States and the world.
The Festival of Saint Joan: Spain
Solstice marker at Puerco Pueblo: Arizona
Sun Tunnels by Nancy Holt: Utah
Summer solstice fires: Austria
The Sun Dance: The Great Plains, United States
In Alabama: Midsummer Night’s Eve on the Journal