According to a quick Google search, the Summer Solstice happens today at 5:43 pm EDT.
In ancient days in northern Europe (where, spread across a couple of locales, most of my ancestors are from), the Solstice was an important day of the year. The longest day, the most daylight. The high point of the year and worthy of celebration. Midsummer.
Wait, isn’t the solstice the first day of Summer?
Which I’ve always found weird, and the same with the winter solstice being the first day of Winter. It makes more sense to me that the longest and shortest day-periods of the year are also the high and low points of the year, the centres of the more extreme seasons.
I’ve never run across an explanation as to why or when that changed, but I’ll admit to not having done a whole lot of research in the area. There’s been a lot of mucking about with what we call the standard calendar over the last few hundred years, more as you go farther back. I’m sure it made sense to someone. It just doesn’t to me.
However our current calendar manages to mangle things, we all think of things just a little bit differently. On this, the day of the Summer Solstice 2020, I’d like to wish everyone a happy Midsummer. Or whatever your own cultural traditions or backgrounds, or you personally would like to call it.
Stay safe and be well, everyone.by