Summer and winter solstice celebrations - Al Jazeera English

Summer and winter solstice celebrations

How the longest, or shortest, day was welcomed around the world.

Richard Angwin |

The solstice marks the arrival of summer in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere. Aside from its astronomical significance, the solstice is commemorated in varying ways around the world. Some mark it with religious festivals; others organise events to promote a variety of causes.

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