In the times before Saint Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland, Pagan beliefs and traditions held sway. Celtic pagan festivals were celebrated throughout the year according to the cycles of The Sun. The spring and fall equinoxes and of course the shortest and longest days of the year held particular significance.

Traditionally bonfires were lit in celebration atop the sacred hills of Ireland, the most important being on The Hill of Tara, the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland.

The sacred Hill of Tara
Beautiful sacred Hill of Tara from above looks out over the stunning Meath countryside.

Here at Claddagh Rings with our latest infographic we take a closer look at the Celtic traditions associated with the Summer Solstice, 21 June, the longest day of the year.

Celtic Traditions of the Summer Solstice.
Celtic Traditions of the Summer Solstice