Yesterday marked the first official day of summer for the Northern Hemisphere, the day with the longest period of sunlight. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year north of the equator, and from now until December, the days will gradually grow shorter. This years solstice was marked by blazing hot temperatures from Midwest to the Eastern Seaboard in the United States and torrential down pours in the United Kingdom.
Throughout history, the solstice was a celebration of agriculture for many cultures, acknowledging the sun’s role in the community’s harvest celebrating the event with festivals. The celebrations have continued into present day with gatherings across the United States in cities such as Seattle, Santa Barbara and Long Island. Continuing with a 10 year long tradition, thousands of New Yorkers converged in Times Square to celebrate the summer solstice by doing yoga.
The more widely known Summer Solstice celebration took place at the Stonehenge monument in Wiltshire where nearly 14,500 people turned up to welcome the pagan celebration of the sun through dark murky rain clouds. Although there was a torrential downpour throughout the preceding evening, crowd-goers were spared rain for the 4:52 AM sunrise.
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