Dating across cultures
To restore access and understand how to better interact with our site to avoid this in the future, please have your system administrator contact [email protected] significant turning point during the year - the days start getting shorter and the nights longer - the June Solstice is often associated with change, nature and new beginnings.Whether the setting is a busy metropolis or a quiet farming village, a tension always exists between a community's sexual habits and customs and what it believes to be the proper context for love.Even in Western societies, we prefer sexual passion to romance and companionship, and no study of any culture has shown that individuals regard passion and affection equally.When the summer days are at their longest, and in the north it is the time of the Midnight Sun, festivals generally celebrate the summer and the fertility of the Earth.In Sweden and many parts of Finland people dance around Maypoles.
Some historians point to the Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England as evidence of the fact that ancient humans used the June Solstice as a way to organize their calendars.
It complemented the Winter Solstice that celebrated the heavens, masculinity and “yang” forces.
According to Chinese tradition, the shortest shadow is found on the day of the Summer Solstice.
Many people light bonfires and stay up all night drinking, singing, and dancing.
There are many solstice observances held by New Age and Neopagan groups throughout the world.