Welcome Summer!

Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year, is this Friday, the 21st.

A few facts:

The name derives from a combo of Latin words meaning “sun” and “to stand still”….the thought being that as the days grow ever longer, the sun rises so high that it seems to stand still in the sky.

This year, the actual solstice–when the sun reaches its most northerly point–will occur at 5:04 AM (UT). Here in New York, we’ll see the sunrise at 5:28 am and sunset at 8:31 pm.

In Times Square, there will be an all-day “Mind Over Madness” yoga festival. Yup, in Times Square of all places. The festivities start at 7:30 am and classes and fashion shows will run all day (rain or shine) until about 9 pm. Apparently free mats will be given by Athleta, a yoga apparel manufacturer to the first 1200 that show up to each class. Seriously, if you can zone out in Times Square, you can certainly claim to be a Zen master.

Here’s a pic from last year:

Looks weird, doesn’t it?

Down in the Financial District, in Robert F. Wagner Jr. Park, there will be a festival to celebrate not generic levitra australia only the solstice, but all things Swedish at the Swedish Midsummer Festival. From 5 to 8 pm, there will be Swedish music, dancing, wreath-making, games and delicacies. Sounds like fun!

The weather on Friday is supposed to be sunny and a high of 81….whatever you do, get out and enjoy the loooong day!


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