Title: Summer Solstice Celebration on the 5:20
Location: 5:20 SF to Larkspur
Description: Summer Solstice is the longest period of daylight in the year. It usually falls around June 21 in the northern hemisphere, and December 21 in the southern. Because this year’s Summer Solstice is on Monday, June 21st, we will be celebrating Friday, June 18, 2010.
The word “Solstice” is derived from two Latin words: “sol” meaning sun, and “sistere,” to cause to stand still. This is due to the fact that as the summer solstice approaches, the noonday sun rises higher and higher in the sky on each successive day. On the day of the solstice, it rises an imperceptible amount compared to the day before. In this sense, it “stands still.”
In pre-historic times, summer was a joyous time of the year for those people who lived in the northern latitudes. The snow had disappeared; the ground had thawed out; warm temperatures had returned; flowers were blooming; leaves had returned to the deciduous trees. Some herbs could be harvested, for medicinal and other uses. Food was easier to find. The crops had already been planted and would be harvested in the months to come. Although many months of warm/hot weather remained before the fall, they noticed that the days were beginning to shorten, so that the return of the cold season was inevitable.
Start Time: 05:20
End Time: 06:10