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3 Fascinating Summer Solstice Traditions

June 20th Marks the Longest Day of the Year and the Beginning of Summer

Get ready for the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20th — it’s the summer solstice! This celestial event marks the beginning of summer in our part of the world.

The summer solstice happens when the sun reaches the highest and northernmost point in the sky. In the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite takes place, with the June solstice signaling the beginning of winter when the sun is at its lowest point.

In contrast, the Northern Hemisphere enjoys the longest period of sunlight in the June solstice.

Solstice comes from the Latin word solstitium, which means the sun (sol) is standing still (stitium). The event was named such because the sun appeared to stop moving as it reached the northernmost or southernmost point in the sky.

The summer solstice doesn’t happen on the same date each year but depends on when the sun would reach its highest and northernmost points in the sky.

 

How People from Other Countries Celebrate the Event

There are many traditions related to the summer solstice borne from different beliefs. Here are 3 fascinating ones.

1. Burning the “witch”

In Estonia and Latvia, people celebrate the summer solstice by lighting a huge fire that they believe will drive away mischief-making spirits. The Dutch, on the other hand, believe in the tradition of burning a witch figure to deter evil spirits. In Spain, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Russia, people jump over a bonfire to bring in good luck.

2. Finding your mate

In Sweden, the summer solstice is associated with fertility and finding a husband or wife. Swedes collect herbs with medicinal properties in the evening of the solstice. In Romania, maidens traditionally dance around a central girl dressed as a bride in a ritual called drăgaica. 

3. Stonehenge spectacle

Thousands of people travel to Stonehenge in England at this time of the year to witness how the ancient stone structure perfectly showcases the sun as it enters the center of the monument. Large crowds usually flock to see the spectacular sight. It’s a day of great importance, particularly among the Druid and Pagan communities,

 

Bring Sunshine into the Lives of Ailing Kids

As the summer solstice marks the beginning of summer here in our country, you can use the event to bring the light of hope into the lives of impoverished children who are stricken with devastating diseases. How to do this? Simply contact us at Kids Car Donations and donate to us any vehicle you no longer need.

We’ll sell your donated vehicle through an auction and use the proceeds to support the health care programs and services of our child-focused nonprofit partners.

These IRS-approved 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations use the funding they get from us to sustain their delivery of free comprehensive and quality medical assistance to sick children and teens from destitute families in your area. The aid includes all types of pediatric treatment, emotional support, and relief of pain and trauma.

Teaming up with Kids Car Donations is the best way for you to dispose of an unwanted vehicle. You won’t have to deal with the hassle of selling a used car and there’s zero paperwork involved in the donation process.

You also won’t need to worry about your vehicle’s towing because we’ll get you a professional towing service for free.

Furthermore, your donation will entitle you to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.

On top of these valuable material rewards, you’ll find utmost satisfaction in doing something that will truly benefit the sick children in your community.

We welcome almost all vehicle types, including vehicles that are no longer in good condition. We also operate in all 50 states, so your location shouldn’t be an issue for us in collecting your donation.

If you want to know more about our vehicle donation program, including our quick and convenient donation process, make your way to our FAQs page.

You can also call us at 866-634-8395 or leave us a message here for your questions and concerns.

 

Do an Act of Kindness Today!

Kid Enjoying Summer Fun | Kids Car Donations

Celebrate the summer solstice on June 20th by performing an act of kindness for the disease-stricken children in your community. Their battle against illness will get a major boost with your car donation. Call us at 866-634-8395 or fill out our online donation form to start saving young lives with your vehicle donation now!