Summer Solstice: Surprising Facts

Summer solstice is the longest day of the year that happens on the day in the Planet Earth. Summer solstice aka June solstice every year happens around June 20 to June 22 in the Northern hemisphere. Summer solstice 2020 will take place on June 20. There are some facts about summer solstice that will amaze every one.

Summer Solstice Crowd to witness Sunrise at Stonehenge
Summer Solstice Crowd to witness Sunrise at Stonehenge

The Name Solstice

Solstice is derived a Latin language which means stand still or stop. During the day of summer solstice in the noon the sun appear not to change to its position. It looks like that sun remains in the same position.

Solstice Marks the Season

As it is said that seasons are marked by solstices and equinoxes. This affirms that summer season start from the day when summer solstice happens in Northern hemisphere.

Celebration of Litha

In many countries summer solstice is known as Midsummer. Pagans and Wicca celebrate the day with bonfires. Litha festival is the symbol of water and fire to praise their gods.

Earth’s Position from Sun

The earth is at farthest position from sun during summer solstice. This is why at equator in the noon sun exactly appears above head and the shadow is the shortest.

Think the Other Way Around

In the Southern hemisphere people celebrate Winter solstice. As in one part summer solstice marks the season summer and in the other Winter solstice marks the season winter.

Stonehenge and Summer Solstice

The relationship between summer solstice and Stonehenge is historical and emotional. People from all over the world gather at Stonehenge to just witness the rising Sun of Summer Solstice. The fabulous thing about the rising is that it appear exactly above the Heel Stone. As all face towards the rising sun and stand still before sun rise. The feeling is great and spiritual. Go there and witness it.

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