Litha is also known as the Summer Solstice, the day when we have daylight for the longest period of time. It is a festival that has been celebrated in many different ways:
- Hilltop bonfires: these were documented by early Christian Monks and was perhaps a way of bridging the gap between earth and Heaven.
- Burning wheels: huge wooden wheels were set alight and then rolled down a hill into a body of water. This is perhaps to symbolise the waning power of the sun; after Litha it can only grow weaker until Midwinter.
- Juno: The Romans brought with them the idea of celebrating the Goddess Juno at this time of the year; as such it was and still is a popular time for weddings.
- Holly King: At Midsummer it is said that the Holly King defeats the Oak King and rules until Midwinter.
- Meditation: as a time of conflict between light and dark this is a good time to meditate and think about these elements in your own life.
- Night Vigils: This is a favourite of mine; I like to carry the flame of the Gods through the darkness of the Solstice night.
- Barbeque: a modern way to involve feasting, fire and family; all of which are celebrated at Litha.