The summer solstice-also called midsummer-marks the moment when the North Pole is angled more towards the sun than any other day, resulting in the longest period of sunlight for top half of the planet.
This astronomical event marks an ancient history as a special event in the calendar. The date varies between 20th-22nd June, depending on the year & local time zone.
Many cultures around the world have developed rituals & celebrations to coincide with it e.g.
· Ancient Egyptians aligned the Great Pyramids so that the sun, when seen from the sphinx, sets between two pyramids.
· In Guatemala, archaeologists discovered the remains of an observatory building where people used to gather to watch their king appeared to command the heavens.
· In UK, the Stonehenge has been associated with summer & winter solstices for about 5,000 years where thousands gather to cheer sunrise each year.
· In Fairbanks, Alaska, late-night baseball games are arranged.
· In China, dragon boat festival is organized.
· Mountaintop bonfires are arranged in Austria.
· People in India enjoy solstice in mass yoga sessions.
& many more.
Thanks to technology & busy lives, many people might not even notice the uniqueness of the solstice.
People who really “pay attention” are the farmers because it’s important for the growth & harvest.
BUT no matter if you’re a farmer, a baseball player or otherwise, try to enjoy the EXTRA minutes of sunshine on the longest day of the year!
Credits: Khola Zia