Greece’s summer solstice for 2019 is taking place today, Friday, June 21, 2019!
The summer solstice is the longest day of the year where you can enjoy approximately 17 hours of daylight. In the northern hemisphere, summer solstice takes place between June 20 and 22.
The year’s brightest day, with the sun at its peak and a feeling that day will never turn into night, is one to highlight in your Greek summer calendar.
In astrological terms, the summer solstice marks the end of spring and start of summer for the northern hemisphere. It will end with the autumn equinox, which this year falls on 23 September.
Today, the sun will rise in Greece at around 5am in the morning and sets after 9pm at night.
Around this period is the commencement of fabulous events, including festivals and celebrations that will continue all through the warmer months and can be enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.
From open-air cinema and outdoor music concerts to beach parties and late alfresco dining, it's an amazing time to be in Greece enjoying the summer festivities.
For locals, this is a period where work breaks and school holidays begin and people slowly start exiting the big cities such as Athens and Thessaloniki, and head for their island or village homes where they will spend some time relaxing and catching up with loved ones.
And this is also the time where you wish everyone a ‘Kalo Kalokairi’ (Happy Summer)!