Litha Rites & Rituals

Depending on your individual spiritual path, there are many different ways you can celebrate Litha, but the focus is nearly always on celebrating the power of the sun. Litha, the summer solstice, falls around June 21 in the northern hemisphere, and around December 21 below the equator. It's the time of year when the crops are growing heartily and the earth has warmed up. We can spend long sunny afternoons enjoying the outdoors, and getting back to nature under the long daylight hours. Here are a few rituals that can be adapted for either a solitary practitioner or a small group.

Decorate your Litha altar with solar symbols and bright sunny colors. Image © Patti Wigington; Licensed to

Litha is a time of celebrating the sun, and spending as much time as you can outdoors. Try to set up your Midsummer altar outside if at all possible. If you can't, that's okay -- but try to find a spot near a window where the sun will shine in and brighten your altar setup with its rays. Set Up Your Litha Altar More »

Backyard Barbecue
Invite family and friends to celebrate Litha with a backyard cookout. Image by Hello Lovely/Blend Images/Getty Images
Litha falls in the middle of summer, right before things start to get unbearably hot in most parts of the world, so it’s a perfect time to celebrate by having friends and family over for a cookout. Why not take advantage of this get-together and turn it into a fun celebration of the summer solstice? After all, if summer is about having fun with the people you love, a Litha backyard barbecue is the perfect way to mark the season! Hold a Backyard Barbecue Ritual More »
Celebrate the sun with a ritual of thanks. Image by ONOKY - Eric Audras/Brand X/Getty Images

Midsummer is the time of the summer solstice, the Litha sabbat, and it’s the longest day of the year. Falling around June 21 in the northern hemisphere, and around December 21 below the equator, this is a time to celebrate the warmth and power of the sun. It’s a great time of year to get outside, enjoy the extra hours of daylight, and celebrate the season with family and friends. You can do this ritual as a group or adapt it to perform as a solitary practitioner. Hold a Sun Ritual for Midsummer More »

Summer Bonfire
Summer is a great time for a bonfire ritual!. Image by Chris Pecoraro/E+/Getty Images

Although this particular Midsummer ritual isn't ancient, it is inspired by the traditions and legends of the Celts of the British Isles. Take advantage of the long hours of daylight to celebrate Litha, or Alban Heruin, and honor the solstice outdoors under the skies. If you're interested in Celtic lore, or wish to honor the Triple Goddess, this might be the perfect ritual for you. Midsummer Night's Fire Ritual More »

There are plenty of male Pagans - take some time to honor the sacred masculine. Image by Matt Cardy/Getty Images

With the summer solstice being a time to honor the fertility of the God, and coming on the heels of Father's Day, why not take a little time to do a dad-friendly ritual? Honor the fathers, stepfathers, brothers, grandpas, sons, and all the other men in your life at Litha with this simple ceremony. Ritual to Celebrate Fathers More »

Use this poetry-inspired meditation to get back in touch with nature. Image by Jorg Greuel/Digital Vision/Getty Images

This rite is one designed to be performed alone, although with a little planning it could be done in a coven setting as well. Using the lyrics of the ancient Irish poem, The Song of Amergin, this meditative ritual is perfect for getting in touch with the natural world around you. What better time to do that than on a warm midsummer afternoon? Nature Meditation on Amergin More »

Woman In Woods
How will you be celebrating the sabbat?. Marc Romanelli/Blend Images/Getty Images

It's Litha, the longest day of the year ! The sun will shine more today than any other day of the year, and it's a day to get outdoors and celebrate. Spend the day in the sun with your family. Play outdoors, go for a hike, and enjoy all the delights the earth has to offer. Here are some ideas for ways to celebrate the summer solstice. 10 Ways to Celebrate Litha More »

Gather shells for divination and magic - just be sure to check with the locals first!. Image by Mike Harrington/Taxi/Getty Images

The beach can often be a magical and spiritual place. Here are seven simple ways you can take advantage of the magical properties of your favorite beach. 7 Ways to Use Beach Magic More »

Bubble Kids
Summer is a great time to be a kid!. Image by Echo/Cultura/Getty Images

Litha is the season of the summer solstice, and for many families, the kids are on break from school, which means it’s a perfect time to celebrate the sabbat with them. It’s the longest day of the year, many of us are playing outside and enjoying the warmer weather, and you might even be lucky enough to go swimming as you celebrate the sun. If you’ve got kids at home, try celebrating Litha with some of these family-friendly and kid-appropriate ideas. More »

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Wigington, Patti. "Litha Rites & Rituals." ThoughtCo, Aug. 31, 2016, Wigington, Patti. (2016, August 31). Litha Rites & Rituals. Retrieved from Wigington, Patti. "Litha Rites & Rituals." ThoughtCo. (accessed March 18, 2018).