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12 stunning photos of people celebrating the summer solstice around the world

Revellers celebrate the Summer Solstice as the sun rises at Glastonbury Tor in Glastonbury, Britain, June 21, 2019Toby Melville / Reuters

  • The northern hemisphere has had its summer solstice — the longest day of the year.
  • The June solstice signals the arrival of summer and a gradual shortening of days. It is the point in the year when Earth's North Pole tilts furthest towards the sun.
  • In England, Stonehenge stone circle saw about ten thousand visitors for the solstice. It was also viewed across the northern hemisphere.
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The northern hemisphere celebrated its summer solstice on June 21.

For those living in the northern hemisphere, it is the longest day of the year. It also signals the end of spring and the beginning of summer.

From Stonehenge stone circle to Macedonia to Times Square, here are some stunning photos of revelers basking in the first rays of sunlight.

The solstice happened on Friday, June 21 at 11:54 AM Eastern time.

Michael Probst / AP

Solstice means "sun standing still" in Latin, referring to the fact the sun looks like it lingers at its highest point in the sky at midday on the summer solstice.

Source: NBC

Across the world, people gathered to witness the beginning of the northern hemisphere's longest day.

Toby Melville / Reuters

About ten thousand people gathered at Stonehenge to watch…

Hannah McKay / Reuters

It's thought that the tradition dates back thousands of years when Neolithic people created the stone formation to be a temple aligned to the sun.

Source: Metro News

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