We all know that Monday, June 20th marks the first day of summer. This means that the temperature will get hotter, the days longer, and the nights shorter. Summer occurs because of the way the earth is tilted towards the sun and the first day of summer happens because of the summer solstice.
This solstice marks the beginning of summer and it is when the sun travels the furthest and longest in the sky. Therefore, in the Northern Hemisphere this day holds the most sunlight. On the other hand, in the Southern Hemisphere, June 20th is the shortest day of the year and called the winter solstice.
In ancient times, the solstice was used to organize calendars and determine when to harvest crops. So, many different cultures around the world celebrate the June solstice because it has a time-honored history. Feasts, Picnics, bonfires, face painting, dancing, and music are some of the many traditions and rituals that take place on this day.
People gather in Stonehenge near, Wiltshire England to watch the sun rise on the first day of summer. Archaeologists believe that Stonehenge was built from 3000 BC to 2000 BC. It is one of the world’s most famous monuments and its giant stones can be seen from miles away.
It is known that if you stand in the right place inside the Stonehenge monument, on June 20th, facing north-east you will be able to see the sun rise.
Summer is especially warm during June, July and August because the earth is directly below the Sun. This season exposes the beauty of nature; the flowers are in bloom, grass is green, and the animals have returned from hibernation.
Once summer hits, many people start to take advantage of the weather and begin to spend more time outdoors. People begin going to the beach, having barbecues, and playing various outdoor sports, like soccer and golf.
Summer is a fantastic time, especially here in Vernon BC. You can enjoy everything the Okanagan has to offer from the hiking and biking trails, to the beaches, to the wineries. Baron Insurance is happy to welcome summer and celebrate this season.
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