Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Solstice

Today marks the Summer Solstice for us here in the Northern Hemisphere. A long observed astronomical occurrence and cultural event, the solstice pinpoints the midsummer. So to mildly celebrate this yearly solar event, I gathered a few interesting facts. Cheers everyone, and enjoy the summer months.

Solstice Fun Facts:

  • The word solstice derives from Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still).
  • Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump.
  • Pagans called the Midsummer moon the "Honey Moon" for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice. (mmmm mead...).
  • The Chinese mark the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.
  • In the southern hemisphere it is the Winter Solstice.

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