This year, the June Solstice will take place on June 20 and while many may see the event marked on their calendar understanding the meaning behind it is another task altogether.
Depending on where you are in the world the solstice means different things.
The solstice is the moment in time where the Sun reaches its most northern position in the sky as seen from Earth.
In the Northern hemisphere and more central areas around the world, this event is referred to as the summer solstice but in the Southern hemisphere, it is called the winter solstice.
This unique occasion takes place each year, between June 20 and 22.
The solstice is observed as the last day of spring and the first day of summer in Northern areas while it marks the last day of autumn and the first day of winter in Southern areas.
It is a special day because it is one of only four days a year that marks the changing of the season.
Many cultures and ancient societies have observed the solstice for years, some of the world’s most famous monuments like Stonehenge were built to follow the sun’s various stages including the solstice.
All areas South of the equator will experience days shorter than 12 hours from the date of the solstice, and it is a uniquely uniting event as all people around the world experience it at the same time.
So remember when you’re relaxing this weekend to look up at the sky and take note of the special day that has ushered in a new season bringing about change in a wonderful way unique to our world.