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Google doodle, today celebrated the summer solstice with an adorable Earth doodle. Solstice which marks on June 21, the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere, is also the official beginning of Summer. The doodle shows a picture of the Google logo that shows the Earth in a happy mood, enjoying the summer Sun.

This day, the half of the planet, i.e. people living north of the Equator will enjoy the maximum amount of sunlight in a single day.

Solstice comes from the Latin words ‘Sol’ that means Sun, and ‘Stitium’ that means to stand still. This when combined, reads ‘Sun standing still’.

Summer Solstice is the day when the Earth is fully tilted towards the Sun at the maximum point. The Sun reaches its highest point in the sky and gets positioned directly above the Tropic of Cancer. When the Sun is at the highest point, its movement appears to come to a halt.

This period – 21 June till September 22 or 23 – marks the longest days and shortest nights.

One of the largest celebrations of the Day takes place at the Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England. Thousands gather at the ancient monument to watch the sunrise and connect with nature.

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