The summer solstice has been celebrated in a variety of ways all over the world for centuries. Some traditions date as far back as before Christianity – from Viking feasts and Norse mythology to Druid rituals.
This year the longest day of the year falls on June 21 in the top half of the planet. This is when the Earth is inclined at its sharpest angle. The farther North you go, the longer the day is. In some places the Sun doesn’t set for days and even weeks.
Different traditions and celebrations have been around thousands of years, some of which are preserved today. From bonfires to equine stunts and music festivals, people all over the world gather to celebrate the period of days, and sometimes weeks, of the never-setting sun.
While people in a few places participate in traditional ceremonies to purify their souls and cleanse their bodies, the summer solstice celebrations are mostly about bringing people together to mark a fresh beginning by having a lot of fun and witnessing unique scenes.
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