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The Sun Stands Still

June 12, 2024 1 Comment

The Sun Stands Still

The word solstice is derived from the Latin word solstitium which translates to "sun stands still." This is due to the apparent movement of the sun to the north or south stops before changing direction.

As we approach the longest day of the year, we're gearing up for something special here at TRAK. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year and is celebrated around the world.

Evidence of this day's cultural importance stretches back to the Neolithic era. Many ancient monuments in Europe especially as well as parts of the Middle East, Asia and the Americas are aligned with the sunrise or sunset on the solstice.

Humans have been observing the sun's position in the sky for thousands of years, and monuments such as Stonehenge in England, Karnak in Egypt, and Chankillo in Peru stand as a testament to our fascination with our nearest star. Solstices have also influenced many traditions and celebrations around the world.

At Stonehenge in the U.K., the sun rises behind the ancient entrance to a stone circle and "the sunlight is channeled into the center of the monument," the BBC reported. Researchers believe that solstices have been celebrated at Stonehenge for thousands of years. The stone circle is particularly important to pagans and druids.

As paddlers we are intimately connected to the seas, lakes, rivers and waterways around us, and this connection to nature fuels our desire for exploration, relaxation and enjoyment on the water.

Watch this space for something to rise soon!

 



1 Response

Hans Trupp
Hans Trupp

June 18, 2024

I love it! Happy Solstice.

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