Monday, June 20, 2016

First Day Of Summer!

Today is the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. This year it's also accompanied by a strawberry moon which is kind of cool.

If you happen to live on the other side of the planet, like say in Australia, have a blast celebrating the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.

In my neck of the woods and time zone it will occur at exactly 4:34 pm today. This is the moment in time when the Sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer.

Interesting Fact:

In ancient China, a ceremony was held on the summer solstice to celebrate the Earth, femininity, and the 'yin' forces. It complimented the winter solstice that paid tribute to the heavens, masculinity, and the 'yang' forces.

The summer solstice makes me think of one of my favourite books by Nora Roberts - The Three Sisters Island trilogy. It involves witches (the good kind), charms, spells, romance, and saving the place and people you love. 

Go forth and enjoy whatever the time of day! How do you celebrate the first day of summer?


B.E. Sanderson said...

Happy First Day of Summer! Right now, I'm celebrating it by avoiding the outside because it's too hot to do much of anything without coming away soaking wet with sweat. Ew. But Hubs will slap a salmon slab on the grill soon and we have AC, so it's all good. =o)

Karyn Good said...

I love grilled salmon! It's one of my favourite dishes. Hope you enjoyed it!