The summer solstice is a time of celebrating the bounty of nature. A counter-point to the Yule festivities of the winter solstice which is traditionally a thanksgiving (for all the good and not-so-good events of the year) festival expressed in all its variants across different cultures.
The summer solstice is celebrated as a time of harvest, of fertility and growth. The first time I encountered the concept was when it was part of our required readings in class to study Nick Joaquin's (Philippine National Artist for Lit) short story The Summer Solstice
which described the local Tadtarin festival - a rather curious blend of pagan and Catholic rites practiced in some rural parts of the country. Fertility rites are held on the feastday of St. John the Baptist (who supplanted the old elemental deities of water when the Philippines was christianized by the Spaniards).
(Tried to clone out the flares at first, but later decided to leave them in cause the natural funky light show kinda grew on me... thank goodness I dont use a viewfinder else I would have gone blind while trying to align the sun to the tip of the sundial )
For #sacredsunday c/o +Charles Lupica +Manfred Berndtgen +Margaret Tompkins +Robyn Morrison +Sherrie von Sternberg