Celebrate Litha

Celebrate Litha with your family

12 Great Ways to Celebrate Litha Summer Solstice with Your Family

By Angela Burroughs, Norse Witch

The Summer Solstice, known as Litha in Wiccan traditions, is a time of radiant sunlight, abundant growth, and joyful celebration. This ancient festival marks the longest day of the year, when the sun reaches its highest point in the sky. Historically celebrated by various cultures worldwide, the Solstice offers a unique opportunity to connect with nature, honor ancient traditions, and create lasting family memories. Here, we explore 12 delightful ways to celebrate Litha with your family, drawing on historical practices and cultural significance.

Historical Origins and Cultural Significance

The celebration of the Summer Solstice dates back to ancient times when it was marked by rituals and festivities honoring the sun’s peak power. In ancient Egypt, the Summer Solstice heralded the annual flooding of the Nile River, a critical event for agriculture and fertility. The Greeks celebrated the festival of Kronia in honor of Cronus, characterized by feasting and a temporary reversal of social hierarchies, symbolizing a return to a Golden Age of equality and abundance.

Litha Summer Solstice

Celebrating Litha

In Northern Europe, the Celts and Germanic tribes celebrated with bonfires, dances, and rituals to ensure the fertility of the land. Stonehenge, with its precise alignment to the Solstice sunrise, stands as a testament to the significance of this day in ancient Britain. As Ronald Hutton notes in The Stations of the Sun, “The Solstice rites were designed to both honor and harness the peak energy of the sun, ensuring a bountiful harvest and a harmonious balance with nature.”

Ways to celebrate Litha Summer Solstice

These ancient traditions have evolved over time but continue to inspire modern celebrations. Here are 12 ways to bring the magic of Litha into your home and create a meaningful celebration with your family.

  1. Create a Sun Altar

Set up an altar dedicated to the sun, adorned with yellow and gold decorations, sunflowers, candles, and crystals like citrine and amber. Involve your children in gathering and arranging items, explaining their significance as you go.

  1. Morning Sun Salutation

Begin the day with a family sun salutation. This yoga sequence, performed facing the rising sun, honors its energy and sets a positive tone for the day. It’s a beautiful way to connect with nature and start the day mindfully.

  1. Nature Walk and Flower Gathering

Take a family walk in a local park or forest, collecting flowers and herbs to use in your celebrations. Encourage children to observe the plants and animals, fostering a sense of connection to the natural world.

  1. Make Flower Crowns

Using the flowers and herbs gathered during your walk, create flower crowns. This ancient tradition, symbolizing beauty and nature, can be a fun and creative activity for the whole family.

  1. Bonfire or Candle Lighting

If you have the space, build a bonfire in your backyard to symbolize the sun’s power. Alternatively, light candles indoors. Use this time for storytelling, sharing Solstice myths and legends from different cultures, such as the Norse myth of Baldur, whose death and resurrection are associated with the Solstice.

  1. Feast with Seasonal Foods

Prepare a feast featuring seasonal fruits and vegetables. Foods like strawberries, honey, and fresh greens are traditionally associated with Litha. Involve children in cooking and explain the importance of eating seasonally and locally.

    1. Celebrating Litha Summer Solstice

      Celebrating Summer Solstice with your family

      Solar Crafts

    Engage in solar-themed crafts such as making sun catchers, painting sun symbols, or creating solar mandalas. These activities can help children understand the importance of the sun and its role in sustaining life.

    1. Solstice Music and Dance

    Play traditional Solstice music from various cultures and encourage your family to dance. From Celtic tunes to African drum rhythms, celebrate the universal joy of music and movement.

    1. Sun Tea

    Make sun tea by placing tea bags in a jar of water and letting it steep in the sunlight. This simple activity can teach children about the power of the sun while creating a refreshing drink to enjoy during your celebrations.

    1. Storytelling and Mythology

    Share stories and myths related to the Summer Solstice. Explain how different cultures view the Solstice and its significance. This can be a great way to introduce children to global traditions and the rich tapestry of human culture.

    1. Outdoor Games

    Organize outdoor games such as a treasure hunt, where children search for sun-related items, or traditional games like sack races and tug-of-war. These activities emphasize the joy of being outside and active.

    1. Evening Reflection and Gratitude

    End the day with a family reflection session. Sit together and discuss what you are grateful for and what you hope to achieve during the rest of the year. This practice can help instill a sense of mindfulness and appreciation for the blessings in your lives.


    Celebrating Litha with your family is a wonderful way to honor ancient traditions, connect with nature, and create meaningful experiences. By incorporating these 12 activities, you can bring the magic of the Summer Solstice into your home, fostering a deeper appreciation for the cycles of nature and the richness of cultural heritage. As we honor the sun’s peak power and the abundance of the natural world, we also strengthen our family bonds and create cherished memories that will last a lifetime.


    1. Hutton, Ronald. The Stations of the Sun: A History of the Ritual Year in Britain. Oxford University Press, 1996.
    2. Green, Miranda J. The Celtic World. Routledge, 1995.
    3. Davidson, H. R. Ellis. Gods and Myths of Northern Europe. Penguin Books, 1964.
    4. Campbell, Joseph. The Power of Myth. Doubleday, 1988.