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First day of Summer-A Solstice


Date: 29/07/2015
Source: Read in the Camping ZATON magazine in Croatia

A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year as the sun reaches ist highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere.
There are two solstices the summer solstice and the winter solstice. The summer solstice marks the beginning of summer and the winter solstice marks the beginning of winter. There are also two equinoxes: They mark the beginning of the seasons automn and winter. The day of the solstice is either the longest day of the year (in summer) or the shortest day of the year (in winter) for any place outside of the tropics.
Once people worshiped nature and celebrated the day of solstice as the day of fire, the day of the sun and the beginning of a new cycle or rather a new year. Probably many of you never have nor ever will jump over the fire in celebration of the first day of summer, but sometimes it still would be nice to thank the sun, which warms us.
Do a little „ritual“ and mark the beginning of summer;
Hug and kiss one another, meditate, light a candle, adorn yourselves with garlands of flowers, read a poem dedicated to the sun..
A happy new beginning of summer and cycle of life to us all on this wonderful planet.