If you have taken more than a trip in your lifetime, you know how underwhelming it can be to find the destination you had been dreaming of crowded and spoiled by masses and traffic. However, if you are in search of a unique, authentic experience, there are still places where you can rejoin ancient traditions and magic celebrations. More precisely, head to Ireland over the Summer Solstice – usually the 20th of June.
While you might have heard of the Solstice as the longest day of the year, there is much more to it in this land of tales, legends, and pagan heritage. Ireland, already famous for its beautiful landscapes and lush rolling hills, it truly comes to life during this special time of the year. You can spot bonfires being lit in the corners of lawns and gardens, and people join music and art festivals around the town.
In the times before Christianity reached Ireland, the Solstice was celebrated to welcome the arrival of summer, keep evil spirits at bay, and pray the pagan goddess Elaine – also known as Rhiannon or Epona in other Celtic communities. Today, you can enjoy the early sunrise from the charming Ha’penny Bridge in Dublin and enjoy a full day of celebrations around the city’s streets. End the day on one of the rooftop bars in the city and enjoy the latest sunset of the year!
Learn more about the facts and traditions that make this event special through the infographic below.
Infographic designed by Celtic Cross