Why do we have the Summer Solstice?

The summer solstice occurs twice a year once in the northern hemisphere and once in the southern hemisphere, this happens when the earth tilts towards the sun causing it to be warmer in that hemisphere. 

Earth season

The summer solstice happens in the southern hemisphere between 20th - 22nd June and the northern hemisphere begins during 20th - 23rd December. 

 

 

 

 

When the summer solstice occurs  in one hemisphere the winter solstice will begin in the other hemisphere. During the summer solstice it will be warmer with much longer days and shorter nights.

HemisphereMany years ago the summer and winter solstice was very important as people relied on the light and weather to hunt and grow crops.

The word 'solstice' comes from Latin which means 'sun stands still' as many people believe that the sun looks as though the sun is standing still a few days before and after the solstice.

StonehengeIn the northern hemisphere, thousands of people will go to celebrate at Stonehenge, England. Many people go to watch the sunset behind the rocks as it look as the main rock is floating.

The pagans celebrate this day by making huge bonfires and feasts, where as the christians begin celebrating St John the Baptist

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