Summer Solstice: A brief history

As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky. As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December. Cultures have celebrated holidays, festivals and alignments all related to the summer solstice. It has been a constant throughout humanity and history to treasure this time of warmth and light. For many in the modern world it is a time to recall the reverence and understanding that earlier cultures had for the sky.

Along with Father’s Day we will honor the Summer Solstice on June 21 – precisely at 1:46 AM. How appropriate, as many native cultures respected Mother Moon and Father Sun. "Sol" and "stice" derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” and “to stand still”.

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