Summer solstice 2017, here is the longest day of the year
SOLSTICE - This Wednesday, June 21st is the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, it's the summer solstice. The summer solstice marks the precise moment when the Sun reaches its northernmost zenith. At this time, the sun's rays are at their strongest in the Tropic of Cancer. It's the official arrival of summer.

Several European cultures celebrate the solstice. Thousands of people flock to Stonehenge, England, on the morning of the summer solstice. Summer festivities are popular in Scandinavia where various customs mix with dance, home decor and good meals.

Pagan festivals which in many places did not fail to attract the attention of the Catholic religion. In these places, the celebrations of the summer solstice are confused with the feast of Saint John, or approaches it.

Of course, for the people of the southern hemisphere, June 21 marks rather the winter solstice. The New Zealanders of Auckland, the largest city in the country, will see the sun for just 9 hours 37 minutes and 59 seconds.

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