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There’s A Rare ‘Strawberry Moon’ Tonight

06/20/2016 at 11:42 | Posted by Brenda Matthews
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Photo Credit: (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

What the???

The rare ‘Strawberry Moon’ occurs when the longest day of the year – today – the ‘Summer Solstice,’ also happens to coincide with a full-moon!

Make sure you take a gander at the heavens tonight, as we’ll have clear skies in the Charlotte area.

Today, as the longest day of the year, we’ll also enjoy nearly 17 hours of daylight – gotta love that!  Technically, sunset shouldn’t ‘happen’ until 10:34 p.m., according to IndependentUK.com. 

This is considered a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ happening, this Strawberry moon.  The last time it happened was 70 years ago!

 

 (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

(Solstice celebrants at Stonehenge; Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

 

How will you ‘mark’ your Summer Solstice celebration?  At my house, I think a bottle of red wine and gazing at the heavens from the backyard hot tub will suffice!

Elsewhere, though, according to the same article, from IndependentUK.com, “Every year, hundreds of pagans and non-pagans congregate at Stonehenge (in England), to see the sun rise in the morning and welcome in the summer.

 

 

Some pagans and druids perform a fire ritual to celebrate the occasion. This involves people with unlit candles forming a circle around a large central candle and lighting theirs off it one at a time.

In Sweden, it’s traditional to eat your way through the entire day. Feasts typically involve lots of potatoes and herring

By the way, since strawberry’s aren’t grown in all parts of the world, this moon “is also known in various places worldwide as the hot moon, honey moon and long night moon.”

 

Cheers to summer!!!

 

 

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