There is a special occurrence in the Northern Hemisphere that happens around June 20-22 each and every year and in December for those in the Southern Hemisphere where the seasons are reversed. It is referred to as the Midsummer Solstice and many people mark this event as the official kick off for summer.
Summer officially begins on the date of the midsummer solstice and this is when people know that summer has arrived. The days get longer after the solstice and continue on that way until the winter solstice arrives and says once again get shorter.
The midsummer solstice date is also a time for celebration as it is the longest day of the year in terms of the sun being out. This is one reason why midsummer solstice celebrations have been in existence for centuries as it is a time for all to celebrate the summer months and the joy that summer brings. It is also a cause for celebration to celebrate the ushering in of those warmer and longer days that make summer so special.
Dating is paramount to the midsummer solstice and this is why the data varies by a few days each year. The midsummer solstice is a reference to the highest point of the sun. This is because during the solstice the sun will be at its zenith, which is the highest point in the sky, and thus that trek up and back down is what causes that day to be the longest in terms of the sun being out and visible. At its core, the solstice is an astronomical reference yet it is highly symbolic for those globally as it is one of those times where even those without knowledge of astronomy can visually see the change and partake in the event.
For centuries the midsummer solstice was used for dating, navigation and time telling. Starting with Ancient Greeks who used that high point of the sun during the solstice to help with navigation, the solstice has been used as a point in time not only for reference but for celebration. The celebrations that accompany the arrival of the solstice each year are vast and varied.
Regardless of whether referred to as the midsummer solstice or perhaps the June solstice; the date and event are marked by the same features. The day starts earlier and ends later with plenty using this longest day of the year to bask in the glow of the summer sun. Festivities and events celebrating this event can be found in all counties, states and towns as it is one of those events that brings people together to celebrate the arrival of the much anticipated summer all look forward to after long, cold winters.