Yesterday, Thursday the 21st of June was the summer solstice. Solstice comes from the Latin words, ‘sol’ (sun) and ‘sistit’ (stands). It marks the longest day of the year. It is when the earths axis is tilted most towards the sun during the orbit. The summer solstice can occur on different days (the 20th or 21st of June) because of the difference between our 365-day year and the 265.25-day astronomical year. Have you heard of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’? It’s one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays and is a tale of love, magic, comedy and fairies which takes place at midsummer. Thousands of people go to Stonehenge, an ancient prehistoric site and place of worship, to celebrate. The sun rises behind one of the main stones! It was originally a pagan festival of life, fertility and harvest and was celebrated with outdoor feasts, singing and dancing.
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