Getting out in nature – another simple way to honour the midsummer solstice is to get out, into nature. Appreciate what the warm air and sunlight has brought into our lives. Spend time in the garden or on a balcony, if you’re lucky enough to have one. Go for walks in a local beauty spot and appreciate the sun while its at its strongest. You could also pick up any flowers or leaves you see while you’re out, and use them to decorate your home.
Decorating – filling your personal space with all the colours, scents and blooms of the summer is another age-old way to celebrate the midsummer solstice. It’s a great way to bring the beauty of the natural world into your home. The colours of Litha are blues, reds, greens, yellows and pinks; so mix these colours into your makeup and clothes and bring the brightness of summer to you. For those of you with alters or spaces created specifically for your practice, decorate these spots with ribbons, candles and flowers. Use the colours of Litha and make wreathes of fresh summer flowers and plants to decorate your home.
Food– pretty much all sabbats and esbats (or festivals!) come with a host of special recipes that you can make for yourself or share with the people you’re quarantining with! Barbecuing is a fun way to incorporate both a Litha fire and wonderful food into your celebrations. Elderflower, lavender, honey and summer fruits or berries are all significant at this time. Since Litha is a great time to challenge yourself, try following a new recipe or be more experimental with your cooking. Make use of the energy of the solstice period. Some common and fairly easy things to make during Litha are elderflower drinks, lemon or honey based drinks and spiced bakes or fruit tarts.