The Summer Solstice


Summer Solstice or Aestival Solstice is the time when the Planet Sun begins a southward movement from the northern hemisphere of the earth plane. Summer Solstice occurs when one of the Earth's poles tilts maximum towards the Sun at 23.44°. Similarly, the Sun will be at a declination of 23.44° from the celestial equator. This usually happens twice a year, one in each north and south hemisphere. During the summer solstice the Sun reaches its highest point in the sky resulting in the longest day of the year meaning longest period of daylight.

The Summer Solstice 2023

Wed , 21st Jun 2023

Solstice is a Latin word that translates to sol-sun and sistere -to stand still. During the solstice, it seems like the Sun is standing still, that is the seasonal progress of the Sun's elliptical path pauses at a northern or southern (summer or winter solstice) point before overturning its direction. June Solstice occurs during the summer time in countries like the UK, the USA, Canada, Russia, India, and China. Since the climate varies across the globe, Solstices are commonly referred as ‘June Solstice’ -Northern Solstice and ‘December Solstice’- Southern Solstice.

Significance

This Summer Solstice is called Dakshinayana (meaning travel towards the South direction) in Vedic scriptures. This is a significant phase in the life of a sadhaka. Our Vedic knowledge is highly based on our relationship and energy chord with the planet and its position in the cosmos. Keeping this as the core understanding, Dakshinayana is called Sadhanapaadha and its extensively utilised for various spiritual Sadhanas. Sadhanapaadha means time to strengthen/work; it fosters a conducive environment for any new seed to sprout. Spiritually, it is a time to set goals and plans for the upcoming year.

A good time to examine, weigh in good and bad in us. Forgive and let go of our bad past, also an ideal time to make changes within or commence the inward journey. This period where the Sun is moving South shows certain effect on human system and is very different than the northern run. Many Yogic practices, meditations and rituals are designed to utilise this energy to its best. Various cultures in counties like Canada, Iran and Malaysia celebrate this onset of Summer or Summer Solstice.

International Day of Yoga

In 2015, 21 June was announced as the International Day of Yoga to celebrate and adopt holistic nature of Yoga, a gift from India’s ancient tradition. Since Summer Solstice marks Sadhanapaadha it is ideal to follow or commence Yogic practices.

The Summer Solstice festival dates between 2020 & 2030

Year

Date

2020

Sunday, 21st of June

2021

Monday, 21st of June

2022

Tuesday, 21st of June

2023

Wednesday, 21st of June

2024

Friday, 21st of June

2025

Saturday, 21st of June

2026

Sunday, 21st of June

2027

Monday, 21st of June

2028

Wednesday, 21st of June

2029

Thursday, 21st of June

2030

Friday, 21st of June