First Day Of Summer 2016
Get all information on first days of seasons, solstice and equinoxes. The first day of summer 2016 marks the commencement of the summer season in the Northern Hemisphere. The timings of the summer solstice are the timings when the sun reaches its northern-most point at equator. In 2016, the summer will begin on 20st of June 2016 as per UTC time. We have given below the exact timings of the beginning of first day of summer 2016 as per different time zones. Summer Solstice is also the time for great fun activities like going outdoors, fishing and surfing.
We have also shared the full moon dates of summer season and other celebrations and special days that make the pleasant summer a festive one. The first day of the seasons are taken as very auspicious and considered to bring good luck. Fruitful tasks like harvesting, many religious rituals and ceremonies as well significant personal and social events are preferred to be done on the first day of the seasons for bringing success and fortune.
1st Day of Summer 2016
Find below the exact date and timings of the first day of summer 2016 in different regions of the world. Since we have given you the UTC timings, you can calculate the exact beginning of the summer solstice in your region.
- 21st June 2016, Tuesday at 4.05 IST
- 20th June 2016, Monday at 22.35 UTC
- 20th June 2016, Monday at 18.35 EDT
While traditionally and astronomically, the June solstice is known as the first day of summer; actually it is the mid of the summer season in meteorological terms. Like the first days of other season, the June Solstice too is a great time for celebration in many regions of the world.
What Is Summer Solstice
The word solstice is derived from the Latin term solstitium which is the combination of two words sun and stitium, literally meaning sun and to stop respectively. The sun appears to stop at the time of beginning of summer solstice. The first day of summer 2016 will be the day of the year receiving sunlight for the maximum hours or the longest day of the year. During summer solstice the sun is northernmost or high in the sky, while during winter solstice, it is at its southernmost point at its equator and low in the sky. You can refer to our post on winter solstice for more details on it.
As the first day of summer falls in June, it is also known as June solstice. Two equinoxes and two solstices appear in the year i.e spring equinox, fall equinox, summer solstice and winter solstice. Over the ages, June solstice has inspired numerous festivals, traditions and mid-summer celebrations. As in Sweden the day of Summer Solstice is celebrated by eating the first strawberry fruits of the season. In ancient Egyptian culture, the summer solstice marked the New Year which coincided with the rising of the star called Sirius and the time when the Nile River gets floods every year.
First Day Of Summer 2016 Canada
The first day of summer 2016 will begin on 20th June 2016, Monday at 17.35 according to Toronto time. Summer is the warmest weather of all the seasons and hence loved especially in the cooler regions when it’s time to enjoy the pleasant warm weather. Schools generally observe summer break to enjoy the season. The summer days run through June to August months. While the temperatures rise to 30 deg. c. Or more, some regions also face thunderstorms and humid air.
Summer Solstice Australia
Since Australia is in the Southern Hemisphere as New Zealand and South Africa, the first day of summer 2016 in Northern hemisphere will be the first day of winter 2016. While the Northern Hemisphere will be observing summer solstice, Australia will be having winter in June month. The summer solstice for Australia is in December month and the Summer Solstice 2016 falls on the same day of December solstice in Northern sphere which is 21st December 2016. Similarly, the vernal equinox of Australia happens when the Northern world is observing the fall equinox i.e in September.
You can browse our site for the all the dates, timings and interesting info on celebrations of first day of all seasons. First day of summer 2016 as well first day of winter, fall and spring are posted here with times and dates. If you are planning to have a first day of season celebration, visit our site to check the dates and time of beginning. The equinoxes and solstices are astronomical events, but carry great cultural and religious significance worldwide. You will also meet various religious and cultural celebrations and festivals observed during different seasons and on the first day of seasons.