If you were good with Geography in your high-school, you must be well-acquainted by Winter and Summer Solstice.
Each year, June 21 marks Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year, as well. The date is remarked as the official first day of summer in Northern Hemisphere.
Summer Solstice: The jump from spring to summers
Summers’ have always been my favourite-be it the dust that prevails in the blue sky or the tightness of strawberries and mangoes. Everything becomes so alive and pulsing at times.
And, for me, my favourite season deserves to be celebrated, with few drinks, bonfires and group dances.
Bryn Cedlli Ddu is a neolithic burial site in Anglesey, #Wales, which might have been used to plot the date of the #SummerSolstice.
It is aligned to allow the sun to reach the back of the chamber at daybreak on the longest day of the year.#FolkloreThursday#Midsummer #Solstice pic.twitter.com/Dtd5dMwscY
— Mark Rees (@reviewwales) June 20, 2019
It ain’t about me only, but there are groups worldwide who welcome the first day of summer in terrific ways. Although the astronomical phenomenon arrives annually, it surely leaves people with enthusiasm and thrills.
The word ‘solstice’ finds it’s trace from the Latin word “solstitium.” Here, sol means sun and stitium translates to stop. It means the sun stops moving when summer arrives.
When does summer start?
The warmest season of the year will officially start at 11:54 a.m on Friday, June 21 in major parts of UK and US.
Meanwhile, the western coast will welcome the solstice officially at 8:54 a.m. Some geology experts have revealed that the Northern Hemisphere will receive around 12 hours of daylight during the first day of the season. The exact amount may fluctuate from place to place.
Celebrating Summer Solstice
We are humans and we don’t need reasons for celebrations. But in numerous mythologies, people were seen worshipping the day for renewal, fertility, life and good crop harvest. You may find the same traditions, still prevailing in northern countries.
Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.
-To Kill a Mockingbird
In the past few years, people have devised ways to mark the beginning of summers. One of them includes visiting Stonehedge on the day. Every year, people from different cities come together and visit the stoning monuments and revive their summers.
— Summer Solstice 2019 (@ottawasolstice) June 20, 2019
You may do some craftwork and design a prismatic solstice suncatcher at your home or take a lavish sunbath in your garden.
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