Workers use Scandinavian ‘sun holiday’ as excuse to skip school

Think the summer solstice is just another day? Not for these sneaky sun worshippers.

People are starting to leave work during the transition from spring to summer, which will officially begin at 5:13 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21 this year to maximize their daytime away from their desks. (In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice is the longest day of the year.)

It’s all in the spirit of what the Icelanders say Solari Or “Sun Holiday”. The idea is to celebrate the good weather by getting to work and planning to bask in the sun. In fact, Icelandic spirit Reyka Vodka is giving away $100 to 50 people in the U.S. who will win an Instagram contest that ends on June 20.

Americans are using Iceland as a model for summer work-life balance.
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“One Solari Fridrik Ingimundarson, a freelance producer in Reykjavik who has been working with Reyka in recent weeks to teach people about the sun, said Holiday.

“There’s never an out-of-office reply on an email or an answering machine. There’s no answer to anything,” he told The Washington Post. “If you want to reach someone and you can’t, then you just look out the window and say, ‘Oh, Solari, got it’ and took it off on its own. ”

Craig Fairley was inspired to take a sun vacation this week when he realized he had the option to go to Juneteeth and indulge in some solar energy.

The 29-year-old document manager, who works for an insurance company in Birmingham, Alabama, said he had a hard time concentrating on work when the weather was nice.

Craig Fairley reading in a hammock
Craig Fairley is looking forward to lighting the grill and reading Anthony Bourdain’s autobiography in celebration of ‘The Holidays of the Sun’.
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“I hate being stuck in front of my computer when it’s hot,” he told the Post. “I always dream of going on a hike, or playing outside with my dog, or throwing some seafood on the grill.”

And that’s exactly what he plans to do on his sunny vacation. He’ll lie in a hammock for hours on end, sipping cocktails, and reading “Medium Raw,” Anthony Bourdain’s nonfiction book, with no open on his shelf. He will light the grill and enjoy some Tomahawk steak and asparagus with his cousin, who is also planning to leave the office.

“It’s going to be totally casual,” he said. “My only goal is to do nothing and bask in the sun.”

Nicole Cooke also plans to yell at the summer solstice.

“I always need a day off, what better day than the longest day of the year?” she told the Post.

Nicole Cooke is resting, hanging out by the pool.
Nicole Cook is cancelling the winter solstice.
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The 59-year-old sports writer and social media trainer plans a day in nature at her home outside Austin, Texas, watching birds eat from her feeder and tending to the cacti in her garden . She said she began to appreciate the idea of ​​making the most of the good weather as early as junior high school, when she had a teacher outside on a sunny day.

“I think that’s when I started to love the outdoors. It was very Zen,” she said.

She thinks companies should also take this approach by letting employees work outdoors for their mental health. (Some companies are actually trying this tactic, and Forbes reports that Goldman Sachs is imposing mandatory vacations on workers to help them avoid burnout.)

“We all need to get as much sun as possible because it’s good for you,” she says. “We need to start thinking about health as a basic necessity, rather than focusing on it only when we need it.”

For Jason Burtt, his first vacation of the year was in search of a spiritual experience.

The 46-year-old Verizon data center engineer recently dabbled in astrology and rock counting. “Over the past few years, I’ve adopted what I call a new age thought process,” he said. He also started reading about early civilizations and their connection to nature.

“It’s going to be total leisure. My only goal is to do nothing and get some sunshine.”

Craig Fairley

Through his research, he came to believe that the summer solstice was the day of rebirth. “I think it’s the official checkpoint of the year,” said Burt, who lives in Wadsworth, Ohio. “It’s a season change and an opportunity to look at yourself.”

But for couple Catie Heim and Andrew Lane of West Palm Beach, Florida, their plans for a sunny vacation are far less lofty.

Haim, 31, who owns a fashion trade show company, told The Washington Post that she and her husband Ryan, 30, regularly play in the pool.

“We were really just roughed up — that’s the best adjective,” Heim said, adding that she and her husband moved south from Washington, D.C., last February, especially because they craved more sunshine. “We’re kids at heart. I want to jump on his back and he wants to throw me off.”

Because she’s self-employed, she doesn’t need to justify the leave to anyone, but Lane, who works at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, isn’t so lucky.

“He usually says he has to take the dog to the vet,” she said.


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