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Summer solstice marked with Google Doodle

The summer solstice is the day on which the Earth’s northern hemisphere leans closest to the Sun. In the southern hemisphere it takes place in December.

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The term solstice is generally used to mean the longest day but it is actually the fleeting instant of proximity when the orbits align.

The time at which the Earth will be closest to the sun is 6.16pm (BST) today (Tuesday 21 June).

The solstice is a Pagan celebration day and believers gather at spiritually significant sites, such as Stonehenge.

Traditionally, this period of the year fell between the planting and harvesting of crops, leaving a space for pleasure and relaxation in the lives of those living off the land, so June became the traditional month for weddings.

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