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The longest day of the year

June 18, 2009

This Sunday,the 21st June is the longest day of the year and the time when the sun is at its maximum elevation over the Northern Hemisphere.

It has always been a date of great spiritual significance and marks the first day of summer.

For thousands of years civilisation has celebrated this event.The Celts celebrated the first day of summer with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun’s energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light and even Christians placed the feast of St John the Baptist towards the end of June .

Today the event is most associated with the Druid celebrations,famously at the stone circles of Stonehenge and Avebury in the south of England.

It marks the point in the Pagan calender when the goddess of the earth is at the height of her powers and marries God in a union which will result in the autumn harvest.

The tops of hills will often attract Pagan celebrations on this special day and Pendle Hill is no exception.

The area ,associated with witch craft, will hold the Pendle Witch camp over the coming weekend,although not in the hills themselves but at Trawden

In Windermere,they are celebrating the solstice with a canoeing and kayak festival

If you know of any other events taking place in the North West of England,please get in touch.

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