Saturday, June 20, 2015

Happy Summer Solstice

     Tomorrow is the summer solstice.  I never knew this before, but the word comes from the Latin "sol," meaning "sun" and "stitium," meaning "to stop."  This is because the ancients thought that the sun stopped on this day, being the longest daylight of the year.

     Some people, such as the ancient druids, marked the day with feasts and bonfires, while others celebrate it as the feast of St. John the Baptist and the first day of summer.

     However you celebrate, be sure to thank old man Sun for the gift of light and life.

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