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Summer Solstice: The First Day of Summer

Jun 07, 2016

Summer solstice is the first day of summer - it's usually between June 20th and June 23rd. In 2016, the summer solstice takes place on June 20th. We know it's summer because the earth's axis tilts toward the sun from June to September - this means warmer weather and longer days. For people who live in the Southern Hemisphere, (basically the other side of the world from North America), they will have colder weather and shorter days.

Happy First Day of Summer!Happy First Day of Summer!

Longest Day

Summer solstice is the longest day of the year. This doesn't mean our day has more than 24 hours in it - we just have more sunlight than any other day. On the summer solstice we get between 15 and 20 hours of sunlight, depending on where you're located in the world. This occasion is also called Midsummer because it is almost in the middle of the growing season throughout most of Europe.

June Summer SolsticeJune Summer Solstice

Ancient Celebrations

  • Ancient Rome - Bring out the food! The Festival of Vestalia went on from June 7th to June 15th in preparation for summer. It was held in honor of the Roman goddess of the hearth, Vesta. Married women were allowed to enter the Vesta shrine during this festival. Normally, only virgins were allowed inside.
  • Ancient Sweden - In each town a tree was set up and villagers danced around the Midsummer tree. Women and girls gave up their bathtubs and washed in the local river instead. This ritual was supposed to be magical and bring rain for the crops.
  • Native Americans - The Natchez tribe in the southern US worshipped the sun because they believed their ruler came from it. Every summer they had a fruit festival. Nobody was allowed to harvest any corn until after the feast.

Summer is the perfect time to hit the beachSummer is the perfect time to hit the beach

Fun Ideas

How can you take advantage of this long day? Here are a few ideas!

  • Go outside, take off your shoes and socks and walk bare foot on the grass.
  • Buy a bag of balloons. Fill them up with water and have a water balloon fight.
  • Wash your dog in your backyard.
  • Put some pop in the ice cube tray and freeze it. When it gets hot out, you have something cool to suck on.
  • Hang out in the sun and do nothing. But don't forget to put on sunscreen.
Have Your Say

What is your favorite part about summer?

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  • Hit the beach.
  • Torment your little bro/sis.
  • Hang out at the mall.
  • Visit your grandparents or relatives.

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tbhskylas posted in Debating:
That i not the point. do you have a sister or brother. If you don't imagine you do. Then someone came up and cut there spinal cord. How would you feel? And if the mother doesn't want the child then she can give it up. And if they cant afford the cost of a new life(Which does make sense by the way)Then they can get help, go back to school or get a job. This isn't like they have no choice. They do.
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"tbhskylas" wrote: "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote: "AlphaT" wrote: "Wishyouweremehehe" wrote: women should have a right to choose an abortion up until the term in its pregnancy when it can actually sense itself which is about 6 months old, and guess what you cant actually abort a baby after 6 months in clinics so its not a big deal 1. What does it mean to sense oneself?  2. Why is self awareness the difference between life and death?  ​Since the baby isn't fully developed at that point it can not feel, learn, think, remember etc. so aborting it up until that point is completely harmless cause the baby has yet to know anything its basically just a wad of cells like a tumor till about 6 months in term. Aborting a baby in those months is literally like throwing away an egg and a ##### that happened to grow, and for some people that's a better option, in the United States thousands of people go bankrupt from medical bills including bills for child birth (which is ridiculous I don't think anyone should be charged for giving birth, thank god for canada's medical system) and that can put the mother out on the street homeless with a baby. Having a baby isn't a good option for everyone, think about girls in school or college who get ##### or whose partner convinces them not to use protection and then run out on them? The responsibility of caring for that child is forced upon the mother who typically doesn't have the funds or means to raise a child. And don't say "if they didnt want a baby they should have used protection or birth control, cause some time their partners are sleezeballs or they both forget or they are #####, and birth control is expensive and messes with you bodies hormones. And what about Mothers who just don't want that stress on their body? Cause birth is painful and exhausting and it can physically change a person. And what of the girls who it would possibly die when giving birth ? I strongly believe that no one should be able to force a person to something with their own body that they don't want to, now I don't exactly recommend abortion but I believe a woman would know when its a good time or not for her to have a baby. If a man can walk out of a pregnancy so can a woman. You just dont get it do you? Even though it cant feel or see that thing is still living. It is alive. It hiccups it burps twins play with each other. Its still there so that is exactly like killing a week year old baby. You are killing a life. That is not ok in ANYONES BOOK. or at least it shouldn't be. Technically by your standards we should all be in prison and ashamed of ourselves cause we stepped on an ant or ladybug, or because someone got treated for cancer because hey tumors are living they are LIFE.
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Ame-Alpha posted in Debating:
Omigosh Yes @Jordan08 i love what you post!  :)
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Honestly both suck, but i would definitely choose Hilary cause she stands for gun control and women's rights. Now i know alot of you Americans want your guns "for your protection" but is it really safe if just everyone can have one? Canadas gun laws are alot more strict and guess what our klast mass shooting was like 7 years ago and hardly as many people died in comparison as most of the shootings in the states. I already made my point about abortion up above, so yes i definitely think she's a better choice for the states even though shes not perfect but what politician is? Literally every politician is shady and has something they are hiding, and the FBI looked into her em**ls and found nothing, her deleting em*#ls means nothing what so ever, even if she deleted them they would still be on a server which the FBI would be able access yet they came up with nothing, yet there is viable proof that Donald Trump is a liar, racist, cheater, sexist, tax evader(he makes over a million each year and he avoids his taxes that means you either have to pay more taxes or your roads don't get fixed, your schools don't get funding, medical research gets less funding, military gets less and so on), he buys out from china, and he sides with Putin. This man is gonna end up with a world war on his hands if he wins because I bet he will sell out to the Russians in a heart beat because he is greedy.
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What if they were r*ped? They would have to have a baby. They should have a right to remove the fetus. Men should not choose what women do, and women should have the right to be able to control her baby. We do give the birth after all!!
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