The Summer Solstice on 20th June marks the longest day of the year, and it’s time to celebrate light, warmth, and new beginnings!

In the UK, the magical sunrise at legendary Stonehenge is a sight to behold as it aligns perfectly with the ancient stones.

But what’s it got to do with languages?

For a start, it’s derived from the most ancient language of all. As the English Heritage article What is the Summer Solstice? explains: “The word ‘solstice’ comes from the Latin words for sun (sol) and to stand (sistere).”

Conversely, it has a deep-rooted association with new dawns. So, why not channel your favourite moon sister and learn a new language?

Solstice Celebrations Around the World

Immersing yourself in a new culture is a surefire way to learning the language, going beyond vocabulary and grammar, and delving into the heart of cultural celebrations like the Summer Solstice.

After all, speaking the local language makes every moment richer, whether you’re chanting hymns at dawn, dancing around a maypole, or partying under the midnight sun.

Here are a few examples of how you might be celebrating future Summer Solstices when you’ve learnt the language skills to do so in style:

  • China – The Chinese indulge in a truly royal celebration, with ancient rituals and grand ceremonies honouring 16th century emperors at the Temple of the Earth.
  • Spain – Picture yourself jumping over roaring flames on a warm Spanish night. You might be doing just that. Because flame-leaping over beach bonfires is thought to ward off evil spirits.
  • Sweden – Floral crowns, maypole dances, and pickled herring feasts might seem a bit too close to Midsommar for comfort! But it’s much more fun and enjoyable in real life than the creepy movie.


At la Academia, we’re here to ensure you have an unforgettable language learning journey. Let the Summer Solstice guide your way, get in touch with any questions, and get ready to dive into a world of words today.