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Summer Solstice Facts- Will You Find The First Day Of Summer 5SB Collectors Bill

 

The longest day of the year is upon us, which also means it is officially the start of summer. 

You might feel a spiritual connection to the power of the sun or are simply relieved that summer has finally arrived. Have a read of our Summer Solstice Facts and hopefully getting a search win will give you another reason to celebrate.

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What is Summer Solstice?

It is all based on the Earth’s axis, either the northern or southern hemisphere becomes most inclined towards the sun and the sun will reach its highest possible altitude.
As a result, the longest period of daylight of the year happens on this day. This officially marks the beginning of summer.
 

When?

This year, 2018, Summer Solstice falls on June 21st.
The sun will rise at 4.43am and set at 9.22pm providing us with 16 hours and 38 minutes of daylight. Parents of young children, you may no longer be celebrating.
 

Stonehenge

Stonehenge is an ancient prehistoric world heritage site and has been a place of worship and celebration at the time of summer solstice for thousands of years.
The stones are positioned to align with the sunrise on the two annual solstices, and if you stand in just the right place inside the Stonehenge monument on the day of the summer solstice, you will see the sun directly above the Heel Stone, which stands just outside the circle to the north-east.
Pagans, druids and other spectators gather to celebrate and watch the sunrise over the stones.
 

How can you celebrate?

The summer solstice is a time of festivals and celebrations and people take advantage of the extra hours of daylight and spend their time outdoors from dawn until dusk.
  • Make a flower crown– Collect flowers from your garden or get some from a garden shop. Choose flowers with thin stems and fragrant blossoms. 
  • Get out in the garden– Select plants from your local garden shop, or ask your friends or neighbors for cuttings from their gardens and get planting.
  • Play in the water–  Visit a local river, lake, waterfall, or even the beach and enjoy the scenery.
  • Meditate- Try the sun salutation and the tree pose or simply sit quietly for a while. 
  • Have a bonfire– A bonfire is part of the tradition of the summer solstice. 
 

Will you be celebrating summer solstice this year? If you have any other suggestions on how to celebrate, pop over to the Facebook group and let us know.


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