The summer solstice occurs in the Northern Hemisphere. It is also called the June Solstice. There are a lot more facts that makes this day extra unique.

When is Summer Solstice 2019? 

You can not decide on a fixed date for this day, but it is the day when mid-summer officially kick starts in Northern Hemisphere. Usually, it falls between June 20- June 22 every year. There will be 16 hours and about 38 minutes of daylight. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is also called December Solstice as it takes place in December.

 

The Summer Solstice 2019 was on June 21 Friday

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What does the Summer Solstice 2019 mean?

It hails from a Latin word solstitium, in which sol means the sun and stitium means it has stopped. So, it indirectly goes to mean that the sun has stopped moving. It is assumed that the sun stops moving once it reaches the northern or the southernmost point of the globe.

This is a position of the Earth when it tils towards the Sun at its maximum, thereby the Earth getting the most daylight - for the maximum number of hours in a year.

Facts to know about Summer Solstice 2019

You can define the timing and date of the Summer Solstice in a definite manner, because it all depends on how the sun moves. Once it reached the northernmost tip of the equator, the day can be termed as Summer Solstice. 

This day is the longest day of the year and this is the day that gets sunlight for the longest period of time. This takes place in the Northern Hemisphere.

Whereas in the Southern Hemisphere, this happens to be the shortest day of the year.

The sun moves right above the Tropic of Cancer and runs across Saudi Arabia, Mexico, India, Egypt and Southern China.

Since this happens to the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, it is also the day with the day with the latest sunset of the year.  

Rituals of the Summer Solstice 2019

From the Stone Age, this day was observed with a lot of reverence. People burn bonfires and take the ashes and spread evenly in their fields.

They believe it will give a good harvest and also drive away evil powers. 

You cannot see the full moon on the summer solstice and in case it happens, the moon will look reddish in colour. That moon is named as Strawberry Moon.

The Summer Solstice festival dates between 2016 & 2026

YearDate
2016Tuesday, 21st of June
2017Wednesday, 21st of June
2018Thursday, 21st of June
2019Friday, 21st of June
2020Sunday, 21st of June
2021Monday, 21st of June
2022Tuesday, 21st of June
2023Wednesday, 21st of June
2024Friday, 21st of June
2025Saturday, 21st of June
2026Sunday, 21st of June

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