Generally, the longest day of the year falls between 20th June and 22nd June. It is based on the particular year and the country’s local time zone. This year, 21st June will be the longest day of the year. Now, to know more about the longest day of the year, let us first know the meaning of Solstice.
When the Sun rises and sets the foot onto the outreach North or South positions on the equator, this phenomenon is known as Solstice. Furthermore, in many countries seasons are based on the Solstice. The Sun that remains in one place is said to be Solstice.
Longest Day of the Year
If you are also the one who is curious to know ‘What is the longest day of the year?’ then peeps here’s your answer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the Longest Day of the Year mainly falls on or around 21st June. On this day, it is noticed that the rays of the Sun are in the perpendicular position of the Tropic of Cancer at 23 degrees 30’ North Latitude. However, the date of the longest day of the year may change based on a particular year or time zone of the country.
In the year 2021, the longest day of the year is on 21st June 2021. As the Sun’s position is in the Northern Hemisphere, the alternative name of it is the Northern Solstice.
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5 Lesser Known Facts of the Summer Solstice - the Longest Day of the Year
Did you know that the longest day of the year, 21st June is also celebrated as a festival in many nations? Yes, as many other important festivals fall on the same day, it is also celebrated as a festival. Let browse through some other interesting and lesser-known facts about the longest day of the year.
- The word solstice comes from the Latin words sol, which means sun, and 'sistere,' which means standstill.
- The Northern Hemisphere has the longest daytime, while the Southern Hemisphere has the shortest daytime.
- The summer solstice happens every year between June 20 and June 22, depending on the earth's rotation.
- The summer solstice occurs on the same day as International Yoga Day and World Music Day every year.
- The summer solstice, despite being the longest day of the year, is not the hottest day of the year.
What Day is the Longest Day of the Year in India?
21st June 2021 will be the longest day of the year or the Summer Solstice in India. The Longest Day of the year is also known as Summer Solstice as it helps to differentiate the seasons in the different countries of the world. To help you gain more insights on Summer Solstice, we have stated the Different Solstice for you. Have a quick glance at it.
The Longest and Shortest Day of the Year
As you know, every year two solstice takes place. One is on or around 21st June and the second is on or around 21st December, depending on the time zone of the country. Both the solstice events are the longest and shortest day of the year. In 2021, the longest of the year falls on 21st June 2021, Monday, and 21st December 2021, Tuesday will be the shortest day of the year. The longest day has more sunlight, and the shortest day of the year has less sunlight.
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What is the Summer Solstice Aka the Longest Day of the Year?
The longest day of the year is known as the Summer Solstice and falls on June 21. Summer Solstice occurs every June 21 and is known as "The Longest Day of the Year." For those that live north of the Equator, the Summer Solstice occurs when the sun is precisely above (over-headed) the Tropic of Cancer (23.5° north latitude). It is the start of summer, while in the southern hemisphere, it is the start of winter. The longest day of the year marks the sun’s longest travel in the sky and we experience sunlight for a more extended period.
How Long is Summer Solstice the Longest Day of the Year 2021
- The Summer Solstice will occur at 09:01 am on 21st June 2021 in India.
- It’s the longest day of the year when the Sun is directly overhead the Tropic of Cancer.
- In India, the Summer Solstice will last for 13 hours and 58 minutes.
What is the Winter Solstice?
We talked about the longest day of the year, but what about the shortest? Cannot do this partiality, right?
Well, Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year that falls around 21st December or 22nd December. During the Winter Solstice, the Sun’s stay in the sky for a shorter duration, and the night extends for a longer period. The alternative names of Winter Solstice are Mid-winter and Dongzhi. The Winter Solstice indicates that the Sun is away from the earth, and sunlight will not be found for an extended period.
How Long is Winter Solstice the Shortest Day of the Year 2021
- The Winter Solstice will occur at 09:28 pm on 21st December 2021 in India.
- In India, the Winter Solstice will last for 10 hours and 19 minutes.
In Vedic Astrology, the Solstice holds great importance. It is considered that the solstice is the beginning of summer and winter, and there are two seasons, spring and autumn. These seasons relate to the Cardinal signs of the zodiac wheel that helps to find the angles of a birth chart. Also, in the summer solstice, the sun is over the tropic of cancer and affects the Cancer Zodiac sign i.e Cardinal sign. Whereas in the winter solstice, the sun appears on the tropic of Capricorn and hence affects the Cardinal sign Capricorn. This day has a major role to play in terms of birth charts, prediction, events, and celestial shifts.
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