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June 21, 2018 / Leslie

Celebrate the Summer Solstice

The Longest Day of the Year

The Summer Solstice is the longest day and the shortest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. It is also the first day of summer. Conversely, it is the beginning of winter for the southern hemisphere. National Geographic has an astronomical explanation for the curious.

Celebrate the Summer

For centruies this major celestial event was celebrated with Midsummer Festivals (ie Shakespeare), dancing, and bonfires. It is still celebrated today and can be see in such events as the gatherings at Stonehenge and, closer to home for me, our local outdoor food and music festivals.

The beginning of summer is my favorite season, right between spring and summer. Flowers are blooming, birds are singing, and the days are long and pleasant. This year Mother Nature has decided to mess with us a little and sent blazing mid-summer heat last week, and this week we are getting non-stop April showers!

As much as I love to celebrate the summer solstice, it is bittersweet for me, because after today, the days begin to get shorter as we head toward (ugh) winter.

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  1. Suko / Jun 23 2018 9:36 pm

    Beautiful photo!!

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