The Summer Solstice
Today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day and shortest night of the year, usually falling on 21st June.
This is when the sun reaches its highest point and it marks the halfway point of the growing season.
Beltane, the Celtic festival at the start of the summer, was associated with the tradition of lighting bonfires and these were also a feature of the solstice, the high point of the summer. This was a time for the ancient Celts to banish harmful spirits with the power of light and sun, in the hope that abundant harvests would follow.