The Midsummer’s Day Festival was initiated by Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche (the founder of Shambhala) in the late 1970’s. He encouraged us as a community to have a deep connection with the seasons and the natural world. The Festival is a celebration of the Summer solstice – the longest day of the year.
Community members, families and friends celebrate by gathering for a picnic, games and performances in an outdoor setting. It begins with a lhasang (a traditional offering of juniper smoke) that purifies the environment and empowers the space, the objects, and the beings within it by invoking awakened energy. Everyone is welcome to join in.
Please join fellow community members, friends, families and children for our Celebration of Midsummer's Day, Saturday, June 21.
Open to all!
Location: Laurelhurst Park, Picnic area F, west of the restrooms near Ankeny Street
11 am - Opening Lhasang (juniper smoke offering and blessing).
Noon - Potluck Lunch
We provide burgers, veggie burgers and fix in's. Please bring a side dish to share and your beverages.
Afternoon (til we're done) -
For the Gals: Hat contest for the 'best' hat.
For the Guys: Hawaiian shirt contest for the 'best' shirt
Activities available are blowing bubbles, croquet, bocci ball.
There will be teams divided for a sack race, 3-legged race and egg toss.