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Yetos
19-06-17, 18:38
Every body knows what is summer solstice,
no need to explain it.
for me are sacred days and nights,

personally I ask few days off, as I do every year,
and will spend them with my daughters, and some friends,

every year we choose a high hill or a mountain rocky peak,
and we spend the night reading the sky maps,
finding the shapes of kassiopeia, Andromeda Perseus etc,
and offcourse this goes till the morning,
to see the light of sun, before you see the sun,

I love these days,
and if some of you live in big cities, full of shadows and concrete,
try to make an escape for the shortests nights of the year,
and try to feel as a human thousands years before.

I wish you all have a nice time these days.

sunrise these days is magnificent, do not lose it.


http://astro.planitario.gr/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Bootid-meteor-shower.jpg

Dagne
27-06-17, 20:05
This is so nice what you wrote Yetos :)
I love this time of the year, when the days are endless, and the darkness not black but only dark blue or violet and so short...
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Yetos
28-06-17, 16:24
thank you Dagne

I believe the more North the more the beauty

fantastic photo

Angela
28-06-17, 17:15
We've never stopped celebrating the summer solstice in Europe; it's just that it was co-opted by Christianity, i.e. the feast of St. John the Baptist on June 24th. Usually the festivities take place on the eve, or June 23rd. In Italy, they involve bonfires and lots of fireworks. We do love them.:)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_John%27s_Eve

"Italy[edit (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Saint_John%27s_Eve&action=edit&section=13)]The feast of Saint John the Baptist has been celebrated in Florence from medieval times, and certainly in the Renaissance, with festivals sometimes lasting three days from 21 to 24 June. Such celebrations are held nowadays in Cesena (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cesena) from 21–24 June also with a special street market. Saint John the Baptist is the patron saint of Genoa, Florence and Turin where a fireworks display takes place during the celebration on the river. In Turin Saint John's cult is also diffused since medieval times when the city stops to work for two days and people from the surroundings comes to dance around the bonfire in the central square. In Genoa and coastal Liguria (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liguria) it's traditional to lit bonfires on the beaches on Saint John's Eve to remember the fires lit to celebrate the arrival of Saint John's relics to Genoa in 1098. Since 1391 on the 24th a great procession across Genoa carry the relics to the harbour, where the Archbishop blesses the city, the sea, and those who work on it."

Firenze: Fochi di San Giovanni
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLzOGdnsOhI

In Spain they still do the big bonfires...you can only jump over the small ones. :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-qY2B5HliU