Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer Solstice - 1st Day of Summer

Summer Solstice - 1st Day of Summer

Happy First Day of Summer, Everyone! Today is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held a recognition of sign of the fertility, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time.

In recent decades, it has become a popular belief that the meteorological season of summer begins with the astronomical phenomenon of the summer solstice. However, the period of maximum temperatures in the United States runs from June 4 to September 3.

The word solstice derives from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).

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