Today is the Summer Solstice.
Celebrations abound all over the world. Stonehenge is particularly busy today.
So I decided to check around the web and see what new articles were around about the solstice celebrations and goings on. There were a few on just a simple search. But I was surprised when I read these ‘news’ stories.
Here is what is a few of the articles said.
“Prior to the arrival of Christianity to northern Europe, cultures celebrated the arrival of the June solstice because it was seen as one of the few times of the year when magic was at its most powerful.
These days, the June solstice is celebrated as the start of summer, although at tourist destinations such as Massachusetts’s Cape Cod, Memorial Day often marks the start of the “summer season” for tourism.
But lest we think of the June solstice only in terms of suntan oil or maypole dances marking “midsummer” solstice celebrations in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s also an opportunity to pause and remember those who are sacrificing their summer so that others may learn about climate, or Mars, or the cosmos as a whole – never mind penguins, fossils, and krill.” – Pete Spotts, Christian Science Monitor
“As per some Pagan beliefs, this point of the year marks the marriage of God and Goddess and a celebration of growth and life.” – IBTimes Staff Reporter, International Business Times
“The Swedish celebration is called Midsommar. Like European pagans have done for centuries, this celebration can include singing and dancing around objects such as a flower-studded maypole or a large bonfire. “ – MyFox Houston
Maypole? Really? The marriage of the God and Goddess? Really? *shakes head and walks away.
The problem with the Fox quote is that they have said that all European Pagans celebrate the way the Swedish people do. This is far from the truth.
Since when did the Summer Solstice move to Beltane?
As you can see I chose articles that clearly show exactly how much people don’t know what the Summer Solstice means. I would have thought they would have done some research or something.
Of course I am going to send messages to the editors of these stories and inform them of the mistake and point them in the correct direction.
I also see this as evidence that there is a need for education on what people of pagan faiths believe and celebrate and why. I also encourage everyone to watch when Pagan events are reported on to see if they are accurately portrayed. This will help with continuing education.