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Ukon juhla

Friday 06/20/2008 11:35 AM

With day the fattest and night the thinnest today, the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer. In ancient times, this was called The First Point of Cancer because back then, the sun was just entering the constellation of the crab as spring ended. Times change and stars drift (see precession), so today we would probably name it The Second (or Third) Point of Taurus.

Round these parts, though, we just call it summer.


Your Link of the Day connects you to descriptions of Ukon juhla, which was the pre-Christian, Finnish name for the summer solstice. With Alex here and the solstice on a Friday, I wanted to do something special. I've been trying to determine if there is anywhere around here where we can have a fire by a lake without getting arrested, but it doesn't look like that's gonna pan out.

Hopefully we can at least watch the sun go down together.


Last day of Pottery Camp for Alex. Today is a water day, so he got to wear a swimsuit to camp. Details to follow.

Link of the Day: Finnish Midsummer Celebrations

File Under: Alex; Holiday, Of Sorts; Link of the Day; Solstice, Summer
Music: Coldplay "Viva La Vida"

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