June 21: Longest Day in the Northern Hemisphere

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On the summer solstice (about June 21), the sun's rays fall at right angles to the Tropic of Cancer. In the Northern Hemisphere, the day begins to shorten and in the Southern Hemisphere it starts to grow. This date is considered to be the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and winter in the Southern hemisphere. The shortest day in the Southern hemisphere and the shortest night in the Northern hemisphere. It is the day when the 'shadows' are shortest in the northern hemisphere.

June 21 is also International Yoga Day, World Music Day and Father's Day. There will also be a ring-shaped solar eclipse. So 21 June seems to be quite busy. Let's start with our first topic, International Yoga Day.

International Yoga Day

At the request of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the United Nations declared 21 June International Yoga Day in 2014 with the support of 177 countries. Yoga Day, which will be celebrated for the 6th time this year, was actually celebrated by events organized by many municipalities. But this year there is no activity due to the coronavirus. So how will the International Yoga Day be celebrated in 2020? Many countries carried their yoga day activities to the internet due to the coronavirus pandemic. You can also watch the message of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi published on youtube about International Yoga Day 2020 here. You can also listen to the Yoga Challenge at Home music list by Pabbler.

Father's Day

The father's day, which is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year, corresponds to 21 June this year. *Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of an American Civil War veteran, started working to announce the Father's Day, which was her father's birthday, June 5, because she thought it should have a father's day like Mother's Day, but these works could not reach that date and the celebrations were postponed to the third Sunday of June.

Father's Day was first celebrated in Spokane, Washington, on June 19, 1910. In 1966, Lyndon Johnson, the president of that period, published a statement every year, declaring that the third Sunday of June will be celebrated as Father's Day. In 1972, Father's Day was legally declared a public holiday in the USA by President Richard Nixon.

Catholics celebrate a different date as Father's Day. They considered this celebration religiously and commemorated the 19th day of March in memory of the father of Christ, the Christian prophet. They give gifts to their fathers under the name of Joseph Day. In some countries, these celebrations have gone beyond religious features.

World Music Day

On World Music Day, people all over the world are allowed to make music as they wish in the streets, parks or neighborhoods! Thanks to the free concerts organized in the cities within the scope of the day, musicians also celebrate music by playing and having fun as they come from. The events will take place on digital platforms this year due to coronavirus. You can follow the Vienna State Opera concerts here and the Royal Opera House concerts here.