I can’t believe it is that time of year already… the summer solstice takes place between June 20th and June 22nd, depending on which hemisphere and what time zone you’re in.  From now on, the days start getting shorter, and the nights longer, although you won’t notice it for quite some time yet. But just knowing it always makes me feel a little sad. I never want summer to end. Although living in Ireland, it quite often never seems to even get started at all!

This beautiful infographic has been designed by John Cunningham of CelticCrossOnline, who very kindly allowed me to share it with you, and it will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about the Summer Solstice. You may also want to check out his website; John designs the most exquisite jewellery in silver and gold based on Celtic Cross designs. You can find him at http://www.celticcrossonline.com/… please do take a moment to click through. Enjoy!

Infographic (c) John Cunningham.
Infographic (c) John Cunningham.

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41 thoughts on “Summer Solstice 2016 | Infographic showing Irish Celtic Traditions

  1. Such a gorgeous info graphic, Ali – loved reading all the traditions. Some I was aware of, but there were a few I hadn’t heard. I think we had a conversation last year about how the summer solstice is a bittersweet moment, the world turning towards winter. And so it is again – the strawberry moon was a lovely addition to this year’s solstice, I must say.
    Oh, and I looked at that retreat link you sent me – looks very interesting…

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    1. Yes we did, and bittersweet is the perfect way to describe it! Love that word! 😁 Authors, huh??? I’ve always wanted to go to that retreat. Its just perfect for me, at least… beautiful scenery, an element of mystique, the lovely old house, peace and solitude and then a bit of a social at dinnertime with other authors and artists. And not too expensive, either. Always a bonus for a cash starved writer…

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      1. Me too, it’s up there with melancholy as a word that plucks strings in my heart 🙂 Writers indeed!
        Yes, I thought the retreat looked pretty reasonably priced plus, as you say, what a beautiful and interesting place! Although, now Brexit has happened I guess I’ll be up for the overseas authors prices. 😦 Still, I think it’s a possibility – we need to chat further, I think… 🙂

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  2. What lovely graphics and amazing information Ali. I still can’t get my head around why it’s also called Midsummer’s Day when it actually marks the first day of Summer. I would have thought mid-summer would more likely be around early August when we are half way through the season. There’s probably a very good reason for it, though. Please do tell. 😃

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  3. Lovely infographic packed with so much information. I hate that the days will now grow shorter when it’s only the beginning of summer, but I do pick up on December 20 or so when I know the days will grow longer. Hope you are planning a delightful summer with the children, Ali!

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    1. Thank you! I’m the same, Noelle… I love the long light evenings, and once the winter Solstice has taken place, I can feel myself cheering up, even though the worst of the weather is usually still to come. We have brought the kids to Crete for some sun. I have some activities planned for when we’re back, just to make sure they don’t vegetate over the x box or their phones! Luckily, they play a lot of sport, so they’re very active.

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  4. Lovely. I do find it a sad time knowign the days are going to become shorter again. I find the days between 21st March and 21st June go so much more quickly than the days between December and March!

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  5. Agreed! The solstice is the ultimate “hump day”. You’re at the peak of the year, knowing that the rest is a steady slope back into winter. This year in Switzerland has also been really rainy and somewhat cool, never quite sticking a toe into summer’s pool. How can we be heading back into winter already?!:-) I think my coffee mug was half empty this morning. (Must be post-Bash blues.)😛

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    1. Oh no… not the post Bash Blues! I think it’s a real syndrome that’s only just coming to light. 😁 We had 2 weeks of really lovely weather in Ireland… I think that may have been our summer!

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