Have fun exploring the Summer Solstice with your curious little one! Here are some fun science facts you and your little one will love!
1. Did you know the summer solstice is the day with the longest amount of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere? In the Southern Hemisphere, the summer solstice is December 22nd.
2. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin roots, “sol” meaning sun and “stite” meaning stopped. It suggests the phrase “sun standing still,” which is probably what ancient astronomers thought on this day when it seemed as though the sun was standing still in the sky.
3. The summer solstice is seen as the beginning of summer and several cultures around the world have holidays to celebrate. One of these holidays is called Midsummer’s Eve, which is celebrated on the Friday around the summer solstice (between June 19 and 25) in Sweden. This year, it will be celebrated on Friday, June 23. There are lots of different traditions involving singing, dancing, making flower crowns, and dancing around a maypole.