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.
(Francis Scott Fitzgerald)
21 June marks the official arrival of summer, a season full of hope, made of sun, scent of the sea, freedom, nature and memories that are worth a lifetime. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and has always been celebrated in the different cultures of the world, with ancient rituals and big bonfires. Why not celebrate this incredible day, so linked to rebirth and new beginnings? Here are some ideas for your summer solstice!
1. The first bath
At dawn or midnight, by the sea or by the lake: the summer solstice is the perfect day for a dip! The unique feeling of immersing yourself in the water, the sense of calm and happiness that you feel surrounded by the blue: why wait?
2. Walking barefoot on the grass
A garden or a park can be the perfect destination for spending the summer solstice. Here we can walk barefoot, rediscovering a profound contact with nature. Let us abandon ourselves to the sensations that touch can give us, knowing also that this activity is good for our psychophysical wellness.
3. Admire the sunset
How can you describe the magic of a summer sunset? Let’s remain speechless in front of the colors of the evening and the show of the last ray of sunshine, alone, with friends or for a romantic date.
4. A picnic in nature
To celebrate the summer solstice you can also organize a delicious picnic in the park closest to home. A tablecloth or an old blanket, pieces of cutlery, tasty dishes: perfect ingredients for a beautiful day in nature, without forgetting to make the picnic as eco-friendly as possible.
5. Collect wild herbs
Spontaneous herbs and some wild flowers can be excellent ingredients for salads, omelettes, herbal teas or soups. The summer solstice and the whole season is the perfect time to collect wild herbs: in this our article you can find out which ones can be used for your dishes.
6. Admire the stars
Looking at the stars lying on a lawn or in the open air is another idea to celebrate the summer solstice. Constellations and falling stars will be the perfect start to another unforgettable summer.
7. Organize a holiday
Summer is, almost for everyone, synonymous with holidays and travels. And what better day to organize a holiday than the first day of the season? On Ecobnb you can find offers and numerous ideas for an eco-friendly trip in Italy or in Europe.
8. Yoga in nature for the summer solstice
June 21st is not only the summer solstice but it is also the international day of yoga: so why not spend the day concentrating on this millennial practice and find our equilibrium?
9. Decorate your garden for the summer
Do you have old pallets? Creativity, a few tools and a bit of hard work will help you to create thousand objects in an environmentally sustainable way, making your garden or your terrace even more unique and ready for the summer.
10. Shopping at farmer markets
With the arrival of summer, seasonal fruits and vegetables also arrive. Find the nearest market and find all the goodness and freshness of the countryside: you can buy peaches, apricots, medlars, cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes, aubergines, melons and much more.
Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)