Summer Solstice Celebrations Around the World
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The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. In 2021, it falls on June 21 for the Northern Hemisphere and December 21 for the Southern Hemisphere — the date when each of Earth's poles is tilted closest to the sun, resulting in the longest period of daylight of the year. This astronomical occasion has been celebrated across the globe for centuries. Many of these rituals from ancient cultures have survived into the modern era, and have often evolved into arts events, light shows, and exhilarating contests. Check out these 14 celebrations to ring in the summer season around the world.