Interesting Summer Solstice facts

A community of interest gathers at Stonehenge,...

A community of interest gathers at Stonehenge, England, for the summer solstice. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

June 21st is Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice is a wonderful celebration that is celabrated throughout the world  here are some interesting facts about the Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice marks the start of Summer

Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year

Many People still take part in an ancient tradition of washing their face in the morning dew on the morning of the Summer Solstice believing it will help them remain youthfull

The word Solstice comes from the Latin word "sol "meaning sun and "sistere" meaning to  stand still.

The South Americans used to fill paper boats with flowers and set them on fire, then place them in the river to take prayers to the gods

The English used to build and light bonfires on Summer Solstice to keep evil spirits away from their towns and villages

Summer Solstice occurs when the earth's tilt toward the sun is at a maximum. which means on the day of the summer solstice, the sun appears at its highest

Summer Solstice occurs when the sun is directly  over the Tropic of Cancer

Stonehenge (England) is one of the most popular places in Great Britain to celebrate the Summer Solstice attracting hundereds of people each year

 

 

 

 

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