The summer solstice can also be known as festival solstice or midsummer and it occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun, thus creating the longest amount of daylight and becoming known as the longest day of the year.
The day sees many celebrations – with people flocking to Stonehenge in a nod to its pagan traditions.
Pagans used the summer solstice as a market for planting and harvesting crops, celebrating the God and Goddess coming together.
Midsummer’s Eve – the night before the solstice – saw bonfires lit to protect against evil spirits.
But what happens after the summer solstice?
Do days get shorter after June 21?
On the summer solstice, we enjoy the most daylight of the calendar year: the sun reaches its most northern point in the sky (in the Northern Hemisphere) at around noon.