Midsummer is the period of time centered upon the summer solstice, and more specifically the northern European celebrations that accompany the actual solstice or take place on a day between June 19 and June 25 and the preceding evening.The exact dates vary among different cultures. In 2020, it will be on Saturday, June 20. If you stand in just the right place at Stonehenge on the summer solstice, you can see the sun rise above what's called the Heel Stone, which is just outside the entrance to the circle. The teenagers, who are aged between 19 and 15, were knifed after disorder broke out in Henry Barber park off Imperial Road in Bordesley Green. Girls pick flowers on their way home from Midsummer celebrations and put the flowers under their pillows to see if their future husbands will appear in their dreams. This is because eclipses happen in cycles. After the summer solstice, days begin to get gradually shorter. So when is summer solstice 2020, what does it mean and why is an eclipse happening at around the same time? Midsummer 2020 is celebrated between the 19th of June and the 25th of June depending on the country. Here’s why it is called “Midsummer,” plus fun traditions and ways to celebrate Midsummer Day—and Midsummer Eve! When Is Midsummer Eve 2020? The interesting thing this year is that the summer solstice also comes at the time of a solar eclipse, when the new moon moves in front of the sun to leave a 'ring of fire' still visible around the edge. In fact both Prince William and Kate Middleton were born on an eclipse. The giant stones are positioned to align with the sunrise on the two annual solstices. The astrologers say the eclipse is taking place in the sign of Cancer, which rules home and family, home town and homeland. But even today it could be argued that it makes more sense to see the solstice as the middle of summer rather than the start, as the days gradually get shorter afterwards. There will also be a summer solstice camp-out as part of the Big Wild Weekend organised by Wildlife Trusts in the UK. Cosmic alignment of events creates magical moment for stargazers, astronomers and astrologers at midsummer - so why is it happening? Just like many other pagan celebrations, they later became combined with a Christian festival taking place around the same time - in this case, St John's Eve a few days later. The new moon leaves a stunning aura of sunlight still showing around the edge as a so-called 'ring of fire.'. On this day, northern people have a feast with their whole community. Celebrate Midsummer Eve in Stockholm! When is Midsummer Eve in other years? In the northern hemisphere, summer solstice is always between June 20 and June 22. Midsummer festival is a 500-year-old celebration of the sunny and cheerful summer day. This is because the word midsummer is Old English and comes from Anglo-Saxon times when there were only two seasons on the calendar: Summer and winter. That previous eclipse was on June 21, 2001, the same day as the solstice. For the Stonehenge events, sunset on June 20 will be at 9.26pm British Summer Time and the sunrise on June 21 will be at 4.52am British Summer Time. The prehistoric monument announced it will reopen on July 4, too late for the solstice, so sunrise on solstice day will instead be live streamed free by English Heritage. Where can you usually celebrate Midsummer? Midsummer Eve in 2021 is on 25 June. Midsummer Eve 2020 in Sweden. The event will feature a documentary about the solstice eclipse followed by a live Q&A. 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Celebrations of the solstice have been held since ancient times and became known as Midsummer's Eve and Midsummer's Day. Photographers and Instagrammers led by city snapper Tim Cornbill have previously captured the moment in Newhall Street, Church Street and Margaret Street. Midsummer Eve is always celebrated on a Friday. But things do slip out of alignment between eclipse patterns and our annual calendar. Date: Friday between June 19 and June 25.Wiki.. Midsummer's Eve or St John's Eve is actually on June 23 and Midsummer's Day or St John's Day (also called the Nativity of St John the Baptist) is on June 24 every year. ; Burning Hot Pole Dance: Dance at the ribbon pole for 60 seconds while wearing completed Midsummer set. In Birmingham you can see the setting summer solstice sun lined up with three city centre streets in a phenomenon dubbed BrumHenge. 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", Watch the June 20 sunset on English Heritage's Facebook page here, Watch the June 21 sunrise on English Heritage's Facebook page here. Our. Midsummer in Stockholm 2020 – Official Guide - … But the coronavirus social distancing restrictions mean that can't happen this year. The solar eclipse is exactly 19 years after the last solar eclipse at the time of a solstice. Annular solar eclipses only happen at a time of a new moon and when the moon is at the most distant point of its orbit so, when looked at from Earth, it is not quite big enough to cover the entire surface of the sun. Natalie Delahaye explained: "An ancient saying says that 'Kings and queens are born and die during eclipses' and this is frequently the case, with monarchs being born either on an eclipse or around an eclipse time.". The celebration predates Christianity, and existed under different names and traditions around the world. The ring of fire will be seen from parts of Africa, south Pakistan, northern India and China. The eclipse falls exactly on the personal birth chart of Prince William who was born on June 21, 1982. Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer.