The word solstice comes from the Latin words “sol”, meaning sun and “sistere”, to stand still, because the Sun’s path appears to momentarily stop before reversing direction. The solstice has been celebrated since ancient times and is one of the earliest astronomical observations in human history
In northern Europe, the longest day of the year was known as Midsummer, also called Litha
Litha was a day when farmers would ask the goddesses and gods for blessings on their cattle and crops. At Litha, the Horned God and Mother Nature are at their peak. Mother Nature is heavily pregnant waiting to give birth in winter. The goddess represents the earth; her womb is the fertile soil in which the seed is planted and grows, and her pregnancy is the ripened crops that bring life to the people. Here the Horned God represents male sexuality and the seed that is planted. As the Sun, he nurtures the crops while they grow. Litha is connected with the harvest, animals, fertility, and the earth.
People were thought to wear protective garlands of herbs and flowers to ward off evil spirits that appear on the summer solstice. Folklore also holds that bonfires on Midsummer, as the solstice was known among northern Europeans, would banish demons and evil spirits and lead young maidens to their future husbands.
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Size: A3 Size (29.7 x 42.0cm), (11.69 x 16.53 inches)
Paper: Cotton Munken Polar 240 gsm.
Features: Metallic Gold Foil
Shipping Package: The Art Print is sent in a thick recycled paper tube, wide enough to keep your print protected.
Shipping times: 1-3 Business days as each print is made to order.
Environment / Safety: FSC-C020637, PEFC_05-33-99, EU Ecolabel : SE/011/05, The paper is inspected for Nordic Ecolabelled printing, ECF, ISO 14001, EMAS, Age resistant (ISO 9706), Woodfree
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