You might wonder what is that celebration?
What is Solstice?
‘Solstice’ (Latin: ‘solstitium’) means ‘sun-stopping’. It is the day that the Sun reaches its northernmost position in the sky. On the solstice, the sun does not rise precisely in the east, but rises to the north of east and sets to the north of west, meaning it’s visible in the sky for a longer period of time.
Today holds a special place of celebration in many cultures. People around the world celebrate the day with feasts, picnics, dance, and music.
One of the world’s oldest evidence of the Summer Solstice’s importance in culture is Stonehenge in England, a megalithic structure which clearly marks the moment of the June Solstice.
It is Summer in the Northern Hemisphere countries today like North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, Northern Africa. However, for the Southern Hemisphere countries like Australia, New Zealand, South America, Southern Africa, today in June is known as the shortest day of the year. It marks the first day of astronomical winter, but the middle of winter in meteorological terms.
Here are 11 things you need to know about it:
Summer and Winter Solstice
In the Northern Hemisphere, where it is the longest day of the year in terms of daylight, the June is also called the Summer Solstice. In the Southern Hemisphere, on the other hand, it is the shortest day of the year and is known as the Winter Solstice.
This Happens Twice A Year
Sun Seems To Stand Still
Solstice comes from the Latin words sol, meaning Sun and sistere, meaning to come to a stop or stand still.
This Occurs All at the Same Time All Over The World
Even though most people consider June 21 as the date of the June Solstice, it can happen anytime between June 20 and June 22. Know your exact time for Solstice to occur via timeanddate.
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So you see, there is always something to be grateful about. We just need to take the time to ponder on it. Enjoy today!
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