Summer Solstice 2021: The longest day of the year in India is observed on June 21, 2021, and is known as Summer Solstice 2021. This day is also celebrated as International Yoga Day and World Music Day and is marked as the beginning of the Summer Season in India.
The Northern Hemisphere tilted towards the sun and the rays of the sun falling directly on the Tropic of Cancer is the scientific reason behind June 21, known as Summer Solstice. The areas facing the sun receive extra heat and the areas near the poles receive less heat as the slanting sun’s rays do not fall directly. The North Pole is tilted towards the sun and the places beyond the Arctic Circle have continuous daylight for almost 6 hours. Know more about Summer Solstice 2021 in this article.
What is the Summer Solstice 2021?
- The longest day and the shortest night falls on June 21, at the places of the Northern Hemisphere because these areas receive light from the sun and it is summer in the Northern Regions of the equator.
- This is just the opposite in the case of the Southern Hemisphere as these regions have winter during this time and the days are shorter than the nights.
- This scenario changes on December 22, the Tropic of Capricorn receives direct rays of the sun as the South Pole tilts towards the sun.
- A large portion of the Southern Hemisphere gets light as the sun rays fall vertically.
- This makes the days longer and nights shorter in the Southern Hemisphere as the direct rays of the sun bring summer to these regions hence it is called Summer Solstice 2021.
- This reverses for the Northern regions, the days start to be shorter than the night and this process is the Winter Solstice.
Summer Solstice 2021: Celebrations
- This day is marked to organize the calendars as different groups of people have different plans for this particular day.
- The farmers mark this day for sowing and harvesting crops.
- People in Sweden enjoy the midnight sun and dance around the Maypoles and bonfires.
- Homes are lit up and decorated with violets and vanilla flowers.
- Many ancient celebrations are associated with the Summer Solstice, tourists and locals visit Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument located in England to watch the sunrise of Summer Solstice.