Today, June 21st, is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. It is the beginning of summer! As the sun reaches the point that is the farthest north of the celestial equator, some people think the Earth is at its closest point to the sun, but actually it is just the opposite. Midsummer is the Scandinavian holiday celebrating the summer solstice with traditional dances around a maypole, feasting on herring and lots of vodka. How will you celebrate the beginning of summer?

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