Summer Solstice Celebration Part 1
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A "HOME AND AWAY" SUMMER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION!
Part 1: Summer Solstice Service at ISDDC
Come celebrate the year's longest period of daylight, with a two-part experience in two different locations!
Tonight, at ISD, we celebrate the renewal of love and fellowship we have come to associate with the exhilarating freedom of Summer.At the Summer Solstice Service we celebrate the longest period of daylight in the yearly cycle. The sun is at its zenith, triumphant over the hours of darkness. This has always been a time of rejoicing and the celebration of the fertility of the earth and its people.
Summer has always been a special season for love and friendship, and to this day June is one the most popular months for weddings. An ancient form of the exchange of rings practiced during modern nuptials is derived from the ceremony of Handfasting. In this beautiful symbolic act, the hands of the betrothed were tied together as a pledge of continued love, commitment and friendship. This is where the saying "tying the knot" in connection with weddings originated.
In tonight’s service, we fuse together our celebrations of the longest day of Light, and the Love and Fellowship we share as a community, which concludes with our own version of the Handfasting ritual in which we renew our commitment to one another for the coming year ahead.