Today is the longest day of the year! The Summer Solstice

Today is the official first day of summer yet, being the longest day of the year (or midsummer) it also means that from this day forth we will have less and less sunshine and warmth until winter arrives.

The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth’s axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun. The solstice occurs on the day of the year with the longest period of daylight. Thus the seasonal significance of the Summer Solstice is in the reversal of the gradual shortening of nights and lengthening of days.

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.

From wikipedia;

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

So now my son can stop asking me if we are still in spring and if so, when summer will begin. That is, until he starts asking me if it’s summer and when will be the first official day of fall.

Enjoy the day!


2 thoughts on “Today is the longest day of the year! The Summer Solstice

  1. urbandaddy June 23, 2010 / 11:00 pm

    Sounds exciting! Count me in!!!


  2. rabbisteinman June 23, 2010 / 11:11 am

    Hey urbandaddy, any interest in writing for the blog for Pri Adamah? I hope you and your family are enjoying the veggies. You can include ways you use them, videos, or photos. I know there’s a lot of transition in the works at your home, but we’re also looking for posts from people who garden at home and grow other beautiful fruits from the earth. Let me know!


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