The Summer Solstice or Beginning of Summer is an astronomical event that occurs when the sun reaches the highest point in the sky, resulting in the longest day and shortest night of the year. In Canada, this occasion marks the official start of the summer season.
The Summer Solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years by various cultures around the world, including the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. In modern times, it is seen as a time of renewal and new beginnings. In Canada, the Summer Solstice is celebrated by Indigenous communities, who refer to it as National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a time for Indigenous peoples to come together to celebrate their cultures and traditions, while also raising awareness for the issues affecting them. The day was declared a national holiday in 1996, and is recognized across the country.
In addition to Indigenous celebrations, Canadians also partake in various events and activities to mark the Summer Solstice. These may include outdoor festivals, music performances, and bonfires. The Summer Solstice is observed annually on June 21st.
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