The Summer Solstice signifies the longest day of the year where you can enjoy 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. That’s right… theres no excuse not to hit up that morning run or enjoy the evening BBQ you’ve been talking about because the sun will rise at 4:43am and set at 9:31pm.
As always, we’ve got your back, and we wanted to share some info with you that will make you stand out from the crowd at the BBQ or in the office.
1. There are two solstices a year. One in the winter and 1 in the summer
2. The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of Earth’s axis is most inclined towards the sun and is directly above the Tropic of Cancer
3. You could say that The Summer Solstice signifies the start of the shortening of days (Don’t worry, the shortest day, Winter Solstice, isn’t until Thursday, December 21)
4. The term ‘solstice’ comes from ‘solstitium’, Latin for ‘sun standing still’.
5. This day is believed to be a day of “special power” by pagans, who believe the veil between this world and the next is at its most thinnest throughout the day!
6. The tradition of lighting fires to keep the dark days from approaching has slowly died out (No pun intended).
7. Whilst it’s the longest day of the year with the most light, it’s not usually the hottest day of the year!