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Summer Solstice

Laurissa Anyas-Weiss, content producer

June 21, 2009 — Celebrating the summer solstice has been a part of human culture dating back to prehistoric times.

Today, the summer solstice is celebrated as the official start to summer and warm weather. This may be in part because, in the Northern Hemisphere, it is longest day of the year when the sun is at its highest point in the sky.

Historically, this celebration dates back to a time when the solstices marked the beginning and end of the growing season. Weather, through the changing seasons, played a fundamental role in people's lives.

The native people of Canada, as with many cultures across the globe, recognized and celebrated the summer solstice as a time of change and rebirth. They continue to celebrate the solstice as a reminder of their historic and on-going close relationship with the earth.

Viewer Submitted Photo: 'Sunrise in Haileybury Ontario Canada' posted by Karen McDougall, Haileybury Ontario - June 12, 2009

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