21 June 2017: Happy Solstice Everyone!

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.

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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

The first happens around June 21, when the Sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer. The second takes place around December 21. On this day, the Sun is precisely over the Tropic of Capricorn.

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.

Read More from Article Source: Time and Date: Solstice

 

 

So you see, there is always something to be grateful about. We just need to take the time to ponder on it. Enjoy today!

Thanks for reading!

 

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Hi There! Thanks for reading and welcome to my blog. I am Lyn, a mom to two adorable daughters, currently residing in Adelaide, South Australia. I have lived two countries, visited 3 continents and can't wait to travel more. Photography, arts, kids fun, family travels and all things inspirational delight me. I am not born affluent but I can attest that dreams do come true with perspiration and inspiration. Lucky enough to be given a second life, I don't want to waste my time not being able to create beautiful moments. Because what we do with our time is what we do with our lives. I hope I can inspire you in your life's journey.

2 thoughts on “21 June 2017: Happy Solstice Everyone!

  • 23/06/2017 at 11:02
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    I have seen this in movies but did not know the significance. Great work and lovely post <3

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    • 23/06/2017 at 11:12
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      I’m glad you find it interesting and informative Snigdha. Cheers!

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