The summer solstice for 2022 is arriving. The longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere begins the official calendar start of summer and with it comes the greatest sunrays, lots of heat, romantic and cozy vibes, and the bounty of the harvest.
The solstice is historically linked to fertility — both the plant and human variety — in destinations around the world.
Summer Solstice 2022, time and date are determined by the time zone:
According to NASA, It will happen exactly at 09:13 Universal Coordinated Time on Tuesday, June 21. Your time zone in relation to UTC determines the time and date of the Summer solstice 2022.
It’s the longest day only in the Northern Hemisphere. In the south of the equator, It’s the shortest day of the year. People of the Southern Hemisphere — in places such as Argentina, South Africa, and New Zealand — are about to hail for three months of winter.
And the differences in how much daylight you get to become very dramatic as you get closer to the poles and farther from the equator.
In Ecuador’s capital of Quito, just barely north of the equator, people barely notice the difference. They get a partly seven minutes more of daylight.
But residents of northerly Helsinki, Finland, will get a 3:54 a.m. sunrise and almost 19 hours of daylight. Even the night doesn’t get that dark.
The denizens of Fairbanks in central inner Alaska can sneer at those 19 hours. They’ll get a whopping 21 hours and 41 minutes of daylight.
As for those poor penguins in Antarctica protecting their eggs — if they could speak, they could tell you so much about living in 24-hour darkness.
The heathen Summer solstice got co-opted by Christianity:
Their traditions include dancing around a maypole — a symbol that some view as phallic. They also feast on herring and vodka
“A lot of children are born nine months after Midsummer in Sweden,” Jan-Öjvind Swahn, a Swedish ethnologist and the author of several books on the subject.
“Drinking is the most typical Midsummer tradition. There are ancient pictures of people drinking to the point where they can’t go anywhere,” said Swahn.
While the libations have a hand in the subsequent baby boom, Swahn pointed out that even without the drink, Midsummer is a time filled with romantic rituals.
“There used to be a tradition among young girls, where if they ate something very salty during Midsummer, or else gathered numerous different kinds of flowers and put these underneath their pillow when they slept, they would dream of their future husbands,” he said.
There is similar mythology about dreaming of one’s future spouse in parts of Greece. There, as in many European countries, the heathen Summer solstice got co-opted by Christianity and reinvented as St. John’s Day. Still, in many villages in the country’s north, the ancient rites are still celebrated.
The summer solstice is connected with Ivan Kupala Day in Eastern Europe:
One of the ancient rituals is called Klidonas, and it involves local maidens collecting water from the sea.
The village’s young women all locate a personal belonging in the pot and leave it underneath a fig tree for the rest of the night, where — folklore has it — the magic of the day permeates the things with prescient powers and the girls in the unknown dream of their future husbands.
The next day, all the women in the village get together and take turns bringing out things and reciting rhyming couplets that are meant to predict the romantic fortunes of the owner of the things. These days, however, the festival is more a justification for the community of women to exchange indecent jokes.
Later in the day, the sexes mingle and take turns jumping over a bonfire.
Anyone who wins in jumping over the flames three times is meant to have her wish granted. Fanariotou said the festival many times results in coupling.
“It’s a good time to meet someone, because all the young people in the village go, and it’s a good opportunity to socialize. Plus, all the men like to show off and make the biggest fire they can to jump through.”
In Eastern Europe, the summer solstice is connected with Ivan Kupala Day — a holiday with romantic connotations for many Slavs. It’s also called Kupala Night, love doesn’t stick to a strict timetable, apparently.
“It was once believed that Kupala night was a time for people to fall in love and that those celebrating it would be happy and prosperous throughout the year,” recalls Agnieszka Bigaj from the Polish tourist board.
It used to be that young, unmarried women would float arrangements of flowers or a Garland in the river where impatient bachelors on the other side would try to catch the flowers. she said.
According to Polish folklore, the man and woman in an examination would become a couple. Bonfires are also a large characteristic of the holiday, and it’s tradition for a couple to leap through the flames together while holding hands — if they don’t let go, it is said their love will last.
The summer solstice is traditionally celebrated with mass yoga sessions in India:
Few things get you in touch with your mind and body like yoga does.
In India, the birthplace of the ancient practice, the summer solstice is traditionally celebrated with mass yoga sessions throughout the nation, the world’s second-most populous.
And these days, yoga has gone worldwide.
In fact, the International Day of Yoga is celebrated on 21 June, the same day as the summer solstice. The United Nations’ theme for 2022 is “Yoga for Humanity” and promotes the practice as a great method for getting the better from the effects of the pandemic.
In New York’s Times Square, they’re taking advantage of all the daylight with solstice yoga classes starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 8:30 p.m.
One of the most notable summer solstice celebrations in the world historically has taken place at Stonehenge in England, where thousands usually get together each year. Like many other events in 2020-21, they had to shut it down because of the pandemic.
But in 2022, the in-person celebration is back on.