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Summer Solstice 2023

The Summer Solstice, which coincides with the Winter Solstice in the Southern hemisphere, marks the longest or shortest day of the year depending on location. It represents the transition phase of yin and yang, where yang reaches its peak and yin begins to ascend—a fundamental principle of yin and yang philosophy.

Known as Xia Zhi 夏至, the Summer Solstice is characterized by the longest daylight hours, making it the most yang day of the year. In the Northern hemisphere, it typically falls around June 21st or 22nd. This year, on June 21, 2023, at 22:58 Hour, the Summer Solstice will occur.

Contrary to popular belief, the Summer Solstice does not mark the start of summer; rather, it is the midpoint. During this period, there is an excess of strong yang energy. It is crucial to maintain a balance between yin and yang in your living space while avoiding extreme temperature fluctuations. For instance, refrain from frequently transitioning between air-conditioned indoor spaces and the outdoors to minimize the impact of temperature variations. Setting the air conditioner at extremely low temperatures should also be avoided to prevent drastic temperature changes.

Opening windows, walkways, balconies, and doors during the Summer Solstice allows sunlight to penetrate the house, especially in basements or dark corners.

The first rays of sunlight on the day of the Summer Solstice are believed to ward off troublemakers, leading to smoother paths with fewer obstacles. However, excessive sun exposure, such as sun tanning, should be avoided during this period.

As the fire element becomes overwhelmingly strong during these days, certain activities are advised against, like shaving hair. Consuming specific foods during the Summer Solstice period can contribute to better health, luck, and academic achievements. Bitter gourd and celery aid digestion and liver detoxification when consumed during this time. Eating wheat noodles on Xia Zhi day is believed to bring good fortune, while enjoying wontons (dumplings) symbolizes family harmony and enhances children's intellect.

This period is also ideal for decluttering and cleansing homes or offices to make space for new energy. To enhance the removal of negative energy, pomelo or pomegranate leaves can be used for wiping or sweeping.