I've managed to assist in building a group for "Alternative Faiths/Spirituality" (chaplain's choice words, not mine) and am trying to organize something for the 21st. Mind we can't do anything extravagant because we're deployed, so we have to keep things small. I was planning to get a permit from the fire brigade for a small fire and basically bring a lot of chow consistent mostly with fruits, vegies and meat, and I was also planning to get some foot bread since the bread in the dfac is always stale. Basically I was just hoping to get some advice on what else to do. No single member of the group has the same beliefs, it's basically a mix-match group but we are all friendly towards each other (and are expecting to grow in numbers). Any ritual that would be done would have to be non-specific. I'll admit that I'm not that much acquainted with any Summer Solstice customs and am doing research, but I figured you guys could provide some advice based on your experiences.
Please and thank you.
I've already asked them and we agreed to bring some ideas to the table on Saturday. The problem I'm facing is that I have virtually no knowledge of the customs. I appreciate the book suggestion and will look in to it. Thank you Ross.
Happy celibrations to you! :)
In general, you are saying goodbye to the waxing half of the year, and hello to the waning half of the year. This is the time to celebrate the height of the sun's power, but also the turning of the year into the harvest time. This is general, but may give you some ideas, based on the turning of the seasons. Lots of fresh fruits/veggies, especially in the brightest colors, should be part of the feast to celebrate the bounty of the Gods. It might be tough over there, though, to find anything fresh!
Everyone gets a piece of paper and on that paper you write things you wish to leave or things that are bothering you and one by one you burn them sending them away and therefore burning them off of you.
I'm not sure if you guys could do this since you know... but you could always make and sail off Chinese lanterns, they don't have to be big and extravagant but instead of burning the paper you could write your problems on them and sail them off.
Either way I think its about getting those chips off our shoulders and understanding that with the upcoming harvest its not only a physical harvest of food but also one of dreams, knowledge and understanding.
Either way best of luck to you and as long as you mean whatever you do, well it doesn't really matter what you do.