Sunday, June 20, 2010

Summer Solstice

Officially first day of Summer tomorrow and Summer Solstice. The sun will set at 8:58 with a perfect weather which high at 80s degree and low temp at 60s degree. Summer Solstice is the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The word solstice derives from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). It is an astronomical event that happens twice each year, when the tilt of the Earth's axis is most inclined toward or away from the Sun, causing the Sun's apparent position in the sky to reach its northernmost or southernmost extreme. The Summer Solstice occurs exactly when the Earth's axial tilt is most inclined towards the sun at its maximum of 23° 26'. Summer Solstice is the greatest long day of the year. 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. Plan now for funactivieties that you could do to your kids and family. let us enjoy the summer bef ore the cool season gets here.

Summer Solstice Fun Facts

* Pagans called the Midsummer moon the "Honey Moon" for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice.

* Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.

* Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of them was a plant called 'chase-devil', which is known today as St. John's Wort and still used by modern herbalists as a mood stabilizer.


Dhemz June 21, 2010 at 12:53 PM  

happy summer tsang.....:) ka nice sa inyong summer kay adto mo sa NY...eheehhe!

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