The summer solstice is about to arrive, and hot weather, sunny skies, and vacation opportunities come with it. June 21st is the longest day of the year, and it heralded the beginning of summer since the ancient Greeks used it to symbolize the beginning of their calendar year. Many ancient cultures celebrated the coming of the summer solstice, including the Romans, Chinese, Vikings, Native Americans, and more.
Some cultures would welcome summer by making offerings to their gods, and others would build giant bonfires and jump through the flames to predict the height of that season’s crops. Nowadays, we celebrate in our own ways, perhaps by unpacking our swimsuits from storage or buying new patio furniture. Many great minds have commented on the coming of summer and the effect it has on people across the world.
“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”
“What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.”
“In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.”
“It’s a cruel season that makes you get ready for bed while it’s light out.”
“A life without love is like a year without summer.”
“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”