Discussion article for the meetup : Secular Solstice Celebration! (And the Inauguration of the LW Leipzig Community)
Germany needs more LW communities! And Secular Solstice celebrations are fun! So let's have a secular solstice and get together a bunch of people who really want to start something! :)
The plan is simple. We meet around sunset, casually get to know each other and chat. We prepare and perform together the Ceremonial Part, which involves some things from Raymond Arnold's ritual book (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/2000477/SolsticeEve_2012.pdf), the First Secular Sermon (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vIFloLATxo) and a few other artful pieces of atheist ritual performance. Then we party till sunrise and welcome the sun re-emerging after the longest night. If you fall asleep (some crash space is available), we'll wake you up for that last bit. We're expecting 20 to 30 people (mostly not current LW users, but people who liked HPMOR and other potential new faces), but the flat we're using can easily accommodate 60, so bring friends if you want. If there are too many of us to fit into the Ritual Space, we can simply do (parts of) the Ceremonial Part twice.
The event is free (including drinks and some food) but you can bring food if you want to contribute.
Languages at the event will be a mix of German and English. The Ceremonial Part will involve at least one German-language and one English-language performance.