Welcome to the first day of summer in 2017, also known as the Summer Solstice.
Today, on the day we'll experience the most amount of daylight this year, we’ll get a mighty 15 hours, 26 minutes and 30 seconds of daylight in beautiful Mississauga.
Summer officially kicks off at 12:24 am on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Why such a specific time? Well, it depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point of the equator and this year, 12:24 am is when that hits.
How do people around the world celebrate Summer Solstice?
- In Sweden, the eating of the first strawberries of the season is their celebratory ritual
- In the United Kingdom, thousands of folks gather around Stonehenge to witness the sunrise beaming through rock pillars every summer solstice
- In Austria, mountain-top bonfires have been ritualistic since medieval times
- A short flight (or a 10 hour drive) away in New York City, “Manhattenhenge” occurs, where the setting sun perfectly aligns with the 42nd Street grid for three weeks before and after Solstice
- In ancient Egypt, the Summer Solstice was seen as the start of a new year as it coincided with the Sirius star (which they believed was responsible for the annual flooding of the Nile that was responsible for agricultural benefits)
- In Alaska, they celebrate with a midnight baseball game. Hey, may as well make the most of the extra daylight, right? The tradition started in 1906 and the game starts around 10:30 pm and runs in to the wee hours of the morning
- The Arctic Circle has 24 Hours of Daylight during the summer
How can we celebrate here in Mississauga?
There are plenty of ways to celebrate the first day of summer here in Mississauga, whether it be visiting one of our beautiful parks, enjoying time in Streetsville, Malton, Meadowvale, Clarkson, Celebration Square or any of the beautiful parts of our city, going for a walk/run/cycle along our network of paths, sitting on your patio or visiting one of our many restaurant patios, or heading south to beautiful Port Credit.
So get out there and enjoy all our city has to offer not just today but for as many days as possible!