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Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Solstice

From the Caliso Learning newsletter - Nature On The Side: Summer Solstice
  • Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning "sun" + (sistire)"to stand still."
  • The day that the Earth's North Pole is tilted closest to the sun (the summer solstice) is the longest day (most daylight hours) of the year for people living in the northern hemisphere. It is also the day that the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky (where it seems to stand still).
  • As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year for the Northern Hemisphere in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.
  • The summer solstice marks the first day of summer.
  • “Midsummer” is often associated with this solstice as it occurs midway through Europe’s growing season for many ancient healing plants that were(are) harvested at the summer soltice.
No matter what your traditions, the summer solstice is a great time to celebrate growth, life, harvest, unions…and summer!

Image: Laura Huff
Sources: http://www.Chiff.com and http://www.religioustolerance.org

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