The word “solstice” comes from the latin wordssol (sun) andsistere (stand still) because on June 21, the sun appears to stand still before it reverses direction and begins its decent back into the southern sky. The Summer Solstice is the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day of the year. The sun is at its peak, the highest point in the sky. The rays of the sun are the clearest and warmest for this longest day, and shortest night.
Celebrations of the Summer Solstice vary across the globe and from culture to culture.