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Summer Solstice

June 21

Summer Solstice History

The Summer Solstice marks the beginning of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere.  On this day, the North Pole is tilted towards the Sun at the highest degree of angle. Places in the Northern Hemisphere experience the longest hours of sunlight throughout the year on this day. The history of the Summer Solstice is rooted in both ancient mysticism and nature. This day takes place somewhere around June 20th or 21st each year.

Beginning of Summer (Summer Solstice) Facts

  • The summer solstice in one hemisphere is the winter solstice in the other hemisphere.
  • On the Summer Solstice, the North Pole receives 24 hours of daylight, and the South Pole receives 24 hours of darkness.
  • Solstice comes from the Latin words for “Sun” and “to stop.”
  • Many Native American tribes celebrated the Summer Solstice by holding “sun dances”.
  • On the summer solstice, the Earth’s axis is tilted the most, up to 26° .

Summer Solstice Top Events and Things to Do

  • Host a bonfire to celebrate the arrival of summer.
  • Start the day with the Sun Salutation and some additional yoga exercises.
  • Visit Stonehenge and take the Summer Solstice Tour.
  • Go fishing – it is the longest fishing day of the year.
  • Visit the polar circle and enjoy nearly 24 hours of daylight.

Details

Date:
June 21