Dating Over 40: Celebrate the Summer Solstice

 I find this kind of history fascinating, so I wanted to share a bit with you. Understanding where our traditions originated is really fun for me.

The summer solstice on June 21st is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. For centuries this has been a day of celebration, recognizing the cycle of life and finding joy in the season of growth. In my research I discovered that June is traditionally the wedding month because it follows May Day, the Pagan holiday of sacred union.
  
Another curious note is that the first full moon after the summer solstice is called the Honey Moon because it was the best time to collect honey. That’s why foods sweetened with honey were served at wedding celebrations.
 
Vestiges of these Pagan traditions remain in our society today since we refer to the wedding trip as the honeymoon.

Personally, I had a secret pre-wedding on the spring equinox. My reasoning was that I wanted the union with my husband to be on equal ground. The equinox is the mid point between both solstices – the longest and shortest days of the year. Both the fall and spring equinoxes are the times when the day and night are of equal length. That was the thought behind a ceremony for us – hoping for a balanced marriage and relationship.  So far so good by the way.

My last words of wisdom on this – make hay while the sun shines! Get out there and mingle. Happy solstice!

 

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