We know the exuberance of it. But do we know the why?
You need only go to simple science to understand the mechanics of the solstice.
Each year there's a solstice, right? Yes, but in fact there are two summer solstices. One per year in the northern hemisphere of the earth, one more per year in the southern hemisphere.
Whatever, the soltice makes people go crazy with celebrations.
Another twist. While Seattle celebrates the longest day of the year with the Fremont Summer Solstice Parade (photos above) and England celebrates with activities at Stonehenge, Southern Africa turns on the lights for the shortest day of the year. My granddaughter lives in Seattle, near to the Fremont neighborhood. Just now, however, she's on an expedition in southern Africa. Imagine: she'll have two shortest days this year because she jets back to Seattle before the northern hemisphere shortest day. I'm thinking it's disorienting, really.
Sunrise with jet trails to boot
(Seattle photos courtesy of my Phinney Ridge family.)