The summer solstice is celebrated by thousands of people annually, to welcome the start of the season in the Northern Hemisphere.
This year, more than twenty thousand came to the grand occasion at the Stonehenge located in Wiltshire, England, about 8 miles north of Salisbury and 2 miles west of Amesbury.
Some brought musical instruments such as accordions and drums, others wore flowers which is a tradition among revelers of olden times.
There is no specific date for the occurrence of the summer solstice. It may be June 20 or 21, depending when the sun will reach its highest point in the heavens.
For this year, it’s June 21 – which also marks the longest day of the year for those residing in the Northern Hemisphere.
In some parts of the world, the sun shines all day like in certain regions in Canada, Alaska, Finland and Sweden.
In fact, Alaska experiences the longest duration of the phenomenon – the so-called midnight sun. In Barrow, Alaska’s northernmost village, the sun does not go down for almost three months – from May till early August, On the otherhand, from November 18 to January 24, the sun never rises.
The midnight sun’s true boundary is the Arctic Circle, with latitude 66 degrees, 33 minutes north. It marks the lowest latitude or point where the sun shines and stay above the horizon for 24 hours.
Christmas season, meanwhile, marks the winter solstice, which may occur on December 20, 21, 22, or 23. Winter solstice is the shortest day and longest night in the Northern Hemisphere.
Stonehenge has been one of the spots for celebration of the summer solstice since it’s believed to have been constructed in alignment with the sun during the solstice period. There, ancient people worshipped the sun.