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How do countries in Asia celebrate the summer solstice?

How do countries in Asia celebrate the summer solstice?

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Summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and the shortest night. It usually occurs between June 20 and 22 in the Northern Hemisphere. This first day of summer is celebrated all around the globe, and is done so differently in each country.


China

In ancient China, the summer solstice is celebrated in honour of the earth, femininity and the force known as 'yin'. Which lies in harmony with the celebration of the winter solstice, which masculinity and 'yang' is praised. Tribes traditionally participate in a ritual in which couples would jump through the fames of a fire pit, to predict how high the crops would grow that year.


 

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Japan

The summer solstice in Japan is a time of purification of soul and body. The ritual "Geshisai" is an annual event at Futami Okitami shrine, where hundreds of people in white step into the sea to purify their body and soul as the sun rises between a pair of sacred rocks. These two rocks are called Meotoiwa or Wedded Rocks, as the bigger (male) rock and the smaller (female) rock are tied with five sacred straw ropes.


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India

In India the summer solstice coincides with the international day of yoga, which is widely participated throughout the country through mass yoga sessions. Adiyogi, who is known to be the first yogi, is believed to have met his disciplines on the summer solstice. Celebrants of both events honour the day by practicing body-mind discipline.

If you can't visit these Asian countries during summer solstice, celebrate the day in the comfort of your own home! Check out our website and see how you can replicate the authentic experience of Asian cuisine here.


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