It is now June solstice. Find out interesting ways to celebrate the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice, at home and in your neighborhood.
What is the summer solstice?
The longest day of the year or also known as the summer solstice is observed in a wide variety of cultures. Due to the sun’s seeming immobility in the sky on this day, the word “solstice” is a fusion or combination of the Latin words for “sun” (sol) and “to stand” (stare).
In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs on June 21 or 22, when the sun reaches its highest position in the sky. This is also the day of the year with the longest period of daylight. In ancient times, people celebrated the summer solstice as a way to honor the sun and its importance to life on Earth.
How does the summer solstice occur?
The earth’s axis is a hypothetical line that runs through its core and extends to the geographical north and south poles. This axis does not line up perfectly with the earth’s orbit around the sun. Instead, it’s slanted at a right angle to the vertical axis, 23.5 degrees.
The axis of rotation of the Earth’s orbit around the sun points in the same direction at all times. This means that the earth is tilted towards the sun for half the year and away from the sun for the other half.
The summer solstice or the longest day of the year, occurs when the north pole is closest to the sun. When the north pole is farthest from the sun, the winter solstice occurs (in the northern hemisphere).
Why is it called “summer solstice”?
The Latin word “solstitium,” which meaning “sun” and “still” or “stopped,” is the source of the English word “solstice.” The exact meaning of the word solstice is “sun stands still.”
The summer solstice, also known as the longest day of the year, is the day when the sun appears to stay in the sky and ceases to “move” at its northernmost position in the sky. For some nations, June solstice marks the first day of summer.
When is the summer solstice?
Each year, a different day marks the summer solstice or June solstice. When the sun crosses the equator’s northernmost point, it determines everything. Currently, the summer solstice occurs between June 20, 21, and 22, however June 22 solstices are rare.
The date is determined by time zone because the summer solstice happens at the same time for everyone on Earth.
The Philippines will enjoy its longest day and shortest night on Tuesday, June 21.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, the summer solstice will occur on June 21 at 5:14 p.m (PAGASA).
How do people observe the summer solstice?
For many years, the summer solstice has been observed. In fact, it could be one of humanity’s first astronomical observations.
Summer and winter solstices were significant dates on the ancient calendar because they signified the beginning and conclusion of each season.
The rising or setting sun
The Bighorn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming and the 5,000-year-old Stonehenge in England are believed to have been created to align with the rising or setting sun during the summer solstice.
On the June solstice, tens of thousands of people gather to witness the sun rise from behind the heel stone.
Midsummer celebrations are observed throughout the Nordic nations of Sweden, Finland, Denmark, and Iceland, each with its distinct customs (the Swedes decorate their hair with flowers and dance around Maypoles, while the Finns light bonfires and soak in saunas).
Meanwhile, in Fairbanks, Alaska, they celebrate the summer solstice with a midnight sun baseball game and festival.
On the summer solstice, people traditionally celebrated the return of light, life, fertility, and the possibility of a successful crop. Nowadays, people all throughout the world celebrate the June solstice with outdoor feasts, singing, and dancing.
Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice, or the year’s longest day at Home
With your family, play some outdoor games
Go toward the sun! Because of the pleasant weather, the summer solstice or June solstice is an ideal time to play games with children. Play a fun game of tag with a sprinkler. Set up a fun outdoor obstacle course using objects you already have around the house, like hula hoops, etc.
Host an outdoor feast
The June solstice is a great time to enjoy some delectable cuisine with family and friends.
Begin a new project.
The Summer Solstice is also about a new beginning, so now is a great time to study more or start that project that you’ve been putting off.
Are you sick of your home gym? Exercise outside this June solstice to change up the scenery. Take a walk around your beautiful neighborhood, discover how to transition from your treadmill to running outside, or do some backyard resistance band workouts.
At Stonehenge, you can practice ancient rituals (virtually!)
Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, England, is possibly the best-known stone circle in the world, and it is also famous for being aligned with the sun during the June solstice. Thousands of people assemble on the solstice to watch the sun rise from behind the heel stone.
Making plans for the upcoming season and taking stock of the current one are both good things to do on the summer solstice. Grab a mat and spend some time unwinding and practicing meditation in the most tranquil area of your house or neighborhood. Inhale deeply. Breathe out.
Meditation is a priceless commodity. This practice can be traced back to religions such as Christianity, and others, and it has aided many people throughout history.
Everyone who wants to improve their concentration and focus should practice meditation. It’s also necessary if you want to learn more about yourself and others.
Sitting in silence and closing your eyes is only one aspect of meditation. You’re instructing it to focus on the here and now while ignoring outside distractions. Long-term meditators claim that meditation gives them a gold-like feeling.
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Walking around the lovely neighborhood of luxury homes can help one enjoy the sunshine. It can also assist one in becoming inspired and beginning to seek and enjoy life and one’s purpose.
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Living in luxury homes and taking walks in a lovely area can help one stay optimistic and happy. It can also help one become inspired and start seeking and enjoying brighter days.