Today: The Summer Solstice and the Strawberry Moon
Today, Monday, June 20, is a very special day. It’s both the Summer Solstice, and the Strawberry Moon–a very rare occurrence. The last time the Strawberry Moon fell on the same day as the Summer Solstice happened in 1967!
The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year, when the northern hemisphere receives the most direct sunlight, due to the tilt of our planet as it revolves around the sun. The Summer Solstice falls between June 20 and June 22, varying from year to year. The Summer Solstice had great significance in many ancient pagan religions, and is still marked by parades and other celebrations in many places.
The Strawberry Moon was named by Native American Tribes, and it’s a full moon that marks the beginning of the strawberry season, which always occurs sometime in June.