Summer Solstice 2021 Ireland: What it is and How is it Celebrated
The Summer Solstice will take place in Ireland today, June 21, taking us from spring into summer.
The summer solstice is the day of the year with the longest period of daylight, while the winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight.
The Met Office explained, “when it is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the areas north of the Arctic circle receive sunlight for a full 24 hours, while areas south of the Antarctic circle have a full day of total darkness. This situation is reversed at the winter solstice.”
When is the Summer Solstice?
In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice takes place between June 20 and 22. This year, the Summer Solstice will take place on June 21.
The shortest day of the year is known as the winter solstice, and occurs between December 20 and 22.This year it is on Friday, December 21.
What is the Summer Solstice?
The summer solstice in Ireland is the day of the year with the longest period of daylight, while the winter solstice is the day with the shortest period of daylight.
The Met Office explained, “at the summer solstice, the Sun reaches its highest point of the year, while at the winter solstice, the noon Sun is the lowest it will be all year.”
“During the summer solstice, the Northern Hemisphere of Earth is tilted towards the Sun, resulting in increased sunlight and warmer temperatures.”
“This can also result in continuous daylight in far northern countries such as Iceland and Norway.”
How is the Summer Solstice Celebrated?
People all over Ireland woke up early to catch a glimpse of the earliest sunrise of the year.
The OPW shared a picture on social media of Kerbstone 67 at Newgrange in Co. Meath, also known as the summer solstice sunrise stone, although the monument is better known for its importance to the annual winter solstice.
Meanwhile in the UK thousands of people normally gather at Stonehenge early in the morning for the annual celebration to mark the longest day of the year. This was cancelled last year due to the pandemic.
Celebrations in Mexico include the appearance of a feathered serpent shadow on Chichen Itza, while people in Sweden and Latvia host floral-themed events.
Source: Dublin Live