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Solstice
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In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice marks the reversal of the sun’s apparent movement and hence the beginning of summer (with Jun 21/22 as the longest days); the winter solstice on Dec 21/22 with the shortest days similarly marks the beginning of winter. These turning points determine the chronology of the recurrent seasons of the year in the form of a calendar. The calendar in turn determines major feast days and times of ritual observance (Feasts and festivals). Prehistoric sacr…

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Mohn, Jürgen, “Solstice”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 14 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_025629>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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