Well, it’s that time of year again. Google’s current Google Doodles toast both the northern hemisphere’s longest day of the year, the summer solstice, and southern hemisphere’s shortest day, the winter solstice.
The summer solstice Google Doodle consists of an animated graphic of 5 beach-goers enjoying waves repeatedly rolling in over them. The winter solstice Google Doodle features a combo glove and scarf being knitted into the customary Google logo shape.
The summer solstice officially arrives in the UK on Friday, June 21, at 4.52am, and on the east coast of the United States at 1.04am, so people in those places may be forgiven for missing the actual moment.
In the northern hemisphere, the summer solstice is a time when the sun at noon is at its highest point for the year. Obviously, the winter solstice is when the sun is at its lowest point at noon.
Both the winter and summer solstice events are traditionally celebratory, and in many cultures throughout history they have held a great deal of significane. So wherever you are in the world – whether you are basking in the warmness of summer (or rain, if that’s the case), or cuddling up in the chilliness of winter, it’s time to toast the shortest and longest days of the year. Cheers!