Summer Solstice: Longest day of the year
The movement of earth, sun and other stars also have huge significance on the human life. There is a central line that divides the earth into two parts and hence it is known as Equator. Equator has two opposite sides which are known as solstice. There are summer and winter solstice. Thus summer in Southern Hemisphere will be winter in Northern Hemisphere. Northern Hemisphere includes North America, Central America, Asia, Europe and North Africa while Sothern Hemisphere includes South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America. Solstice is derived from the Latin word solstitium which literally means ‘sun stopping’. During earlier times solstice is very important for people to know the weather.
Celebrating summer solstice
In UK is where people gather around Stonehenge, a prehistoric site to celebrate summer solstice. Summer solstice falls mainly on June 21st or 22nd. During this day sun is still and thus it makes the day as the longest day of the year. It is celebrated in different ways across the world. For primitive men sun was very important. It is only by the changing position of sun he was able to identify the weather and season. Today most of the people are not aware of this transition. Some countries give religious holiday on this particular day. There are many midsummer celebration and numerous festivals that happens on this particular day. The summer solstice dates are not always permanent. They change every year with the movement of sun as well as earth.