By Sam Johnson
Though marked on many calendars as the "First Day of Summer," June 21st (or sometimes June 20th), is more accurately identified as the "Summer Solstice" and has more to do with sunlight than sun heat -- specifically in the northern hemisphere (everything is just the opposite "down under").
After the Summer Solstice and the many Midsummer celebrations and festivals held throughout the world, the days begin to shorten, and the march towards winter begins.
Check out the links below for more information about the Summer Solstice and Midsummer celebrations held around the world.
"Summer Solstice Traditions" (History Channel)
"Summer Solstice 2011: Why It's the First Day of Summer"
"Summer Solstice: 4 Myths About the Longest Day of the Year"
Midsummer Traditions Around the World
Following the "Hurtigruten" Voyage Along the Path of the Midnight Sun
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