Summer Solstice refers to the longest day in the northern hemisphere. This year it falls on June 21, 2022, as the sun reaches its maximum declination. Read on to find more interesting facts about the day.
June Solstice 2022
Summer Solstice, also called the June Solstice, marks the beginning of the summer season in the northern hemisphere and the winter season in the southern hemisphere. The summer solstice occurs at 5:14 am EDT, 2.44 pm as per Indian Standard Time in the Northern Hemisphere on Tuesday. It is also called midsummer in some regions. It occurs when the earth’s axis tilts towards the sun at 23.44 degrees. The earth receives the maximum sunlight as the sun reaches the highest point in the sky. This year it falls on the day when India is celebrating International Yoga Day.
Interesting Facts About Summer Solstice
- The word ‘Solstice’ originates from two Latin words ‘Sol’ means sun and ‘Sistere’ means standing still.
- It is the longest day of the year but not the earliest sunset. The earliest sunset occurs before the June solstice and the latest sunset is afterward.
- The ancient Greeks celebrated the solstice and worshiped their god of agriculture. The ancient Romans also celebrated the summer solstice, honoring the goddess of the hearth.
- It is also believed that the solstice is the perfect time for healing. It is believed that we heal better in the presence of abundant amounts of light around us.
- The solstice day or date entirely depends upon the solar system and has nothing to do with our calendars.
- On this day, The sun’s path across the sky is curved and is not in a straight line.
- It is said that Vikings offered animal sacrifices and used to hang dead bodies of animals and human beings on trees as an offering to God.