Hey Girls! This past Sunday was Father’s Day, but it was also the first official day of summer, called the Summer Solstice. I decided to spend some time reading about the Summer Solstice, and I learned some pretty cool facts and information about it. First of all, it is the longest day and the shortest night of the year, which is good news for dads who get to celebrate their special day on the longest day! The Summer Solstice occurs in June only for the northern hemisphere; the southern hemisphere celebrates theirs in December, which must be a strange way to celebrate the winter holidays! The first day of summer has been celebrated for centuries and is also known as midsummer, as in Shakespeare’s play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Centuries ago, midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits can appear, which sounds kind of similar to our modern day Halloween. One of the most important parts of celebrating the Summer Solstice was recognizing the great power of the sun, with dancing and large bonfires, which was thought to help increase the sun’s energy. The Chinese celebrated the summer solstice by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of the light. This year, the first day of summer for many families was spent honoring fathers, and possibly included activities like barbecues and pool parties—all modern traditional summer activities. It’s interesting that past generations celebrated the summer solstice as a huge holiday, whereas now it isn’t really celebrated as a holiday, but is just the official mark of summer. But for some people, summer starts at different times than others: the end of school, Memorial Day, 4th of July, or the first day at the beach. When does your summer begin and how do you celebrate it? Let me know!