Happy Summer Solstice—the longest day of the year!
Did you know (some of which I did not)…
- The word solstice is from the Latin word “solstitiumm,” and means “sun-stopping.” On the summer solstice the sun doesn’t rise exactly in the east, it rises to the northeast and sets to the northwest.
- Ancient peoples determined the summer solstice when the sun rose between the Heel Stone onto the Alter Stone at the center of the Trilithons of Stonehenge. Got that? In other words, on the summer solstice the sun shines just right on Stonehenge and throughout the ages there’s been lots of partying going on!
- Because it may or may not have originated with Paganism, some Christians get a little uptight about observing the summer solstice. I think that’s silly. God created this fascinating earth, full of beauty and wonderment. Each day, each season is a gift of his love. Let’s be thankful and celebrate!