Summer Solstice 2022
The Summer Solstice in the Northern hemisphere also marks the Winter Solstice in the Southern hemisphere. A Solstice is either the longest or the shortest day of the year, depending on where you live. Like winter solstice, summer solstice is the transition phase of yin and yang. When yang reaches its ultimate, the yin will ascend; this is the philosophy of yin & yang.
Summer Solstice (夏至), Xia Zhi, is the most yang day with the longest hour of the daylight in the year. Each year the summer solstice occurs around 21st or 22nd June in the Northern hemisphere. This year, the Summer Solstice falls on 21 June 2022, 17:14 Hour.
Many people thought that summer solstice is the beginning of summer but in reality it is the mid-point of summer. On this day and the days around it are days with excessive strong yang energy. It is critical to balance the yin and yang energy in your living space and at the same time avoid great difference in temperature. For example, going in door air-conditional room or building and going outdoor often. Hence, avoid setting extremely low temperature of the air conditional blower to avoid experiencing extreme temperature fluctuation.
During this period, it’s good to open up windows, walk ways, balcony and doors to allow the sun ray to penetrate the house especially if you have a basement or dark corner in the house.
The first few moment of sunlight of the day of Summer Solstice can ward off troublemakers. Hence, one can enjoy a smoother path with lesser hindrance. However, avoid exposing yourself to too much sunlight like sun tanning around this period.
As the fire element during these few days can be overly excessive, there are some avoidance, such as avoid shaving hair. Some food eaten during the Summer Solstice period may strengthen health, improve luck and even aid academic achievement. Food like bitter gourd and celery can help with digestion and expel toxic from liver when eaten during these few days. Eating wheat noodle on Xia Zhi day brings good fortune to the person. And eating wonton (dumling) signify harmony in the family and improve intellect for children.
This time of the year is also an ideal time to de-clutter and cleanse your home or office to make room for new energy. To increase the effectiveness of removing negative energy, use pomelo leaf or pomegranate leaf for wiping or sweeping.