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June 20th Summer Solstice!

Celebrations have played a vital role in the history of mankind and a similar occasion is right around the corner. The Summer Solstice, when the sun shines the brightest has been celebrated by all since the ancient times. People celebrate this occasion by preparing different dishes, following different rituals. Every country celebrates this day in its own style, for example, in India, the Summer Solstice is known as Guru Purnima, a day to worship the Gurus (teachers). In Nothern Ireland, the Summer Solstice is known by the name - The Day of Private Reflections, which signifies the remembrance created to acknowledge and reflect upon the conflict in Northern Ireland.

 

So, what is the Summer Solstice?

It is the day when the sun reaches at the top most level in the space with respect to the earth's hemisphere. The Northern and Southern hemisphere both experience a day where the sun serves from the greatest height possible. Generally, the Northern hemisphere experiences this effect between 20th and 22nd of June (20th June this year) and between 20th and 23rd December in the Southern Hemisphere. As the sun is present at the topmost position, it takes a greater amount of time to cover the earth's circumference and hence, as a result of this, we get a longer day. Speaking technically a Solstice occurs when a planet's rotational axis, or geographic pole on either it's northern or its southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the star that it orbits. On the summer solstice, Earth's maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23° 26′. (Likewise, the Sun's declination from the celestial equator is +23.44° in the Northern Sky and 23.44° in the Southern Sky.)

 

So, what should we do on this occasion?

You can do anything you want. It's really up to you to pick a thing and go forward with it. However, if you are able to come up with something interesting then remember, that this day contains a hidden meaning for everyone. The day is interpreted differently in different countries, some take it as a rituals day, some celebrate as a festival, while some think of it as a holiday. So, there are endless possibilities to what you can do on this Summer Solstice Day. You can visit some nice places with your family or friends or can celebrate with them while staying at home. Some people even lit a fire and sing and dance beside it at night to celebrate this day. You can also get some special local herbs and burn them in the fire which smells really nice. At last, we'd suggest - the sun would be up for long that day, so don't forget to take full advantage of it and plan your day accordingly.

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