Friday, June 21, 2013

Happy Summer!

Today is the first official day of summer and the longest day of the year - the Summer Solstice.

It would have been a little more special if we actually had a warm sunny day to accompany all that officialness of summer.  Instead we have clouds, showers, cool temps.  That's Seattle.  Maybe sun breaks later this afternoon.

Most of the partying happens in the evening anyway.  In the northern European countries (Denmark, Finland, Sweden) they have huge celebrations, called Midsummer.  I'm sure they spell it differently :) or St John's Day.  For them it's the third largest holiday of the year, after Christmas and New Year's.

Traditionally there are bonfires, fireworks, dancing and feasts.  A mix of the old pagan rituals with just plain partying.  I'll spend the evening setting up my little pop up tent shop at the Fremont Fair.  Tomorrow the celebrations begin when everyone gets naked and rides their bikes in the parade and around the neighborhood.  There will be body painting, costumes, and all kinds of off-the-wall "creative expression" going on.  If you could use a little kick in the pants, head over to Fremont this weekend!