Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Summertime....and the living is easy!

Summer Solstice(June 21)The timing of the summer solstice depends on when the Sun reaches its farthest point north of the equator. This occurs annually sometime between June 20 and 22. This year, it occurs exactly at 2:06 P.M. EDT, heralding the beginning of summer. The word solstice is from the Latin sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), reflecting the fact that the Sun appears to stop at this time (and again at the winter solstice).

Midsummer DAY (June 24)Midsummer Eve and Midsummer Day are considered sacred to lovers.On Midsummer Eve, pick seven different wildflowers, and then walk home silently and backward. Place the flowers under your pillow and dream of your future husband.In Lithuanian tradition, the dew on Midsummer Day morning was said to make young girls beautiful and old people look younger. It was also thought that walking barefoot in the dew would keep your skin from getting chapped.

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