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People dance during the summer solstice shortly after 0452 a.m. at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury. Following an annual all-night party, thousands of new agers and neo-pagans waited at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge for the sun to come up, but cloudy skies prevented them.They danced and whooped in delight marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. (AP PhotoLefteris Pitarakis)
People dance during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 a.m. at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, near Salisbury.

Following an annual all-night party, thousands of new agers and neo-pagans waited at the ancient stone circle Stonehenge for the sun to come up, but cloudy skies prevented them.

They danced and whooped in delight marking the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.

(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Following an annual all-night party, people rest during the summer solstice shortly after 0452 a.m. at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument.(AP PhotoLefteris Pitarakis)
Following an annual all-night party, people rest during the summer solstice shortly after 04:52 a.m. at the prehistoric Stonehenge monument.

(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Large puppets pass parade goers at the 32nd annual Summer Solstice Parade held in the Seattles Fremont neighborhood on June 21, 2003. (AP PhotoJohn Froschauer)
Large puppets pass parade goers at the 32nd annual Summer Solstice Parade held in the Seattle's Fremont neighborhood on June 21, 2003.

(AP Photo/John Froschauer)
David Willey, a physics professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, walks on a bed of hot coals as part of the Carnegie Science Centers Summer Solstice celebration, Sunday, June 24, 2007, in Pittsburgh. (AP PhotoGene J. Puskar)
David Willey, a physics professor at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, walks on a bed of hot coals as part of the Carnegie Science Center's Summer Solstice celebration, Sunday, June 24, 2007, in Pittsburgh.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
The sun sets over Westchester Lagoon just before 1 a.m. in Anchorage. Daylight in Anchorage will peak Friday at 19 hours, 21 minutes on summer solstice. (AP PhotoDan Joling)
The sun sets over Westchester Lagoon just before 1 a.m. in Anchorage. Daylight in Anchorage will peak Friday at 19 hours, 21 minutes on summer solstice.

(AP Photo/Dan Joling)
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Yoga practitioners celebrate the summer solstice during the Mind Over Madness event in New Yorks Times Square June 20, 2012. At least 14,000 people attended on the longest day of the year. (AP PhotoJeffrey Furticella)
Yoga practitioners celebrate the summer solstice during the Mind Over Madness event in New York's Times Square June 20, 2012. At least 14,000 people attended on the longest day of the year.

(AP Photo/Jeffrey Furticella)
Colourful huts are seen during Midsummer on June 21, 2008 in Longyearbyen, Norway. Longyearbyen is the seat of Norwegian local administration in Svalbard, 620 miles south of the North Pole, and was founded in 1906 by the American John Munroe Longyear who started coal mining here, an important part of the local history ever since. Longyearbyen was only opened for general tourism in 1990 and is a haven for eco-tourists who come to see the abundant polar bears, seals and whales. Svalbard consists of a group of islands. (Photo by Chris JacksonGetty Images)
Colourful huts are seen during Midsummer on June 21, 2008 in Longyearbyen, Norway.

Longyearbyen is the seat of Norwegian local administration in Svalbard, 620 miles south of the North Pole, and was founded in 1906 by the American John Munroe Longyear who started coal mining here, an important part of the local history ever since.

Longyearbyen was only opened for general tourism in 1990 and is a haven for eco-tourists who come to see the abundant polar bears, seals and whales. Svalbard consists of a group of islands.

(Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
People take part in a salsa performance during celebrations as part of the White Night festival on June 27, 2013 in Tel Aviv, Israel. White Night festivities take place in cities around the world and see thousands celebrate the prolonged daylight that occurs in areas of high altitude during the summer solstice. (Getty ImagesIlia Yefimovich)
People take part in a salsa performance during celebrations as part of the White Night festival on June 27, 2013 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

White Night festivities take place in cities around the world and see thousands celebrate the prolonged daylight that occurs in areas of high altitude during the summer solstice.

(Getty Images/Ilia Yefimovich)
An unidentified Bahraini man watches the sun set June 21, 2006 at a Delmon settlement in Sar that dates back to 1900 B.C. A few dozen archaeologists, officials and listened at the site to Saudi archaeologist Nabeel Yousuf al-Shaikh Yaqoob explain his theory that the 4,000-year-old civilization positioned an unusually angled corner of its temple, at right, to line up with the setting sun on the summer solstice, thereby allowing priests to declare the start of the new year. If true, Yaqoob claims the Delmonians would have been the first to use a solar calendar in the ancient world. (AP PhotoHasan Jamali)
An unidentified Bahraini man watches the sun set June 21, 2006 at a Delmon settlement in Sar that dates back to 1900 B.C.

A few dozen archaeologists, officials and listened at the site to Saudi archaeologist Nabeel Yousuf al-Shaikh Yaqoob explain his theory that the 4,000-year-old civilization positioned an unusually angled corner of its temple, at right, to line up with the setting sun on the summer solstice, thereby allowing priests to declare the start of the new year.

If true, Yaqoob claims the Delmonians would have been the first to use a solar calendar in the ancient world.

(AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)
Moldovans dance in Stefan cel Mare park Sunday June 21, 2009 during the summer solstice. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere. (AP PhotoJohn McConnico)
Moldovans dance in Stefan cel Mare park Sunday June 21, 2009 during the summer solstice. The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.

(AP Photo/John McConnico)
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Youths stand by a bonfire, on the eve of John the Baptist day, in Karlovac, south of the capital Zagreb. In many regions of continental Europe, bonfires are made traditionally on June 24, which is, for Roman Catholics the solemnity of John the Baptist. The rite is, however, older, and originally was a pagan celebration of the summer solstice and hence celebrated as midsummer on June 21. (AP PhotoDarko Bandic)
Youths stand by a bonfire, on the eve of John the Baptist day, in Karlovac, south of the capital Zagreb.

In many regions of continental Europe, bonfires are made traditionally on June 24, which is, for Roman Catholics the solemnity of John the Baptist.

The rite is, however, older, and originally was a pagan celebration of the summer solstice and hence celebrated as "midsummer" on June 21.

(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
The supreme priest of Russian neo-pagans prays to his gods celebrating the summer solstice in Maloyaroslavets, some 200 kilometers north-west from Moscow June 27, 2009. The festivities of Ivan Kupala or John the Baptist is similar to Mardi Gras and reflects pre-Christian Slavic traditions and practices. After the 1991 Soviet collapse Russia has seen a revival of Russian Orthodox church along with a surge of peripheral movements and creeds. (AP PhotoSergey Ponomarev)
The supreme priest of Russian neo-pagans prays to his gods celebrating the summer solstice in Maloyaroslavets, some 200 kilometers north-west from Moscow June 27, 2009.

The festivities of Ivan Kupala or John the Baptist is similar to Mardi Gras and reflects pre-Christian Slavic traditions and practices.

After the 1991 Soviet collapse Russia has seen a revival of Russian Orthodox church along with a surge of peripheral movements and creeds.

(AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
Russian neo-pagans seen as they celebrate the summer solstice in Volokalamsk. (AP PhotoSergey Ponomarev)
Russian neo-pagans seen as they celebrate the summer solstice in Volokalamsk.

(AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
Arhuaco Indians attend a ritual ceremony in celebration of the summer solstice in their ancient capital of Nabusimake, at the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern Colombia June 21, 2007. (AP PhotoWilliam Fernando Martinez)
Arhuaco Indians attend a ritual ceremony in celebration of the summer solstice in their ancient capital of Nabusimake, at the Sierra Nevada mountains in northern Colombia June 21, 2007.

(AP Photo/William Fernando Martinez)
People toast as they celebrate the San Juan night in a park in Barcelona. The San Juan night coincides with the summer solstice and it is the welcome to summer. This celebration takes place during the shortest night of the year in almost all cities and towns of Spain. (AP PhotoEmilio Morenatti)
People toast as they celebrate the San Juan night in a park in Barcelona. The San Juan night coincides with the summer solstice and it is the welcome to summer. This celebration takes place during the shortest night of the year in almost all cities and towns of Spain.

(AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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Swiss and German friends watch a bonfire on a plateau overlooking the city of Zurich, Switzerland, as they celebrate summer solstice on June 21, 2007. (AP PhotoKeystone, Gaetan Bally)
Swiss and German friends watch a bonfire on a plateau overlooking the city of Zurich, Switzerland, as they celebrate summer solstice on June 21, 2007.

(AP Photo/Keystone, Gaetan Bally)
Mayan priest Jose Ernesto Campos explains to people the meaning of the Mayan ceremony that marks the summer solstice at the Mayan ceremonial center El Tazumal in Chalchuapa. (AP PhotoLuis Romero)
Mayan priest Jose Ernesto Campos explains to people the meaning of the Mayan ceremony that marks the summer solstice at the Mayan ceremonial center El Tazumal in Chalchuapa.

(AP Photo/Luis Romero)
Children cool off at a water fountain during the Summer Solstice in Old San Juan. (AP PhotoRicardo Arduengo)
Children cool off at a water fountain during the Summer Solstice in Old San Juan.

(AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
Young women dressed as summer fairies attend an event inspired by pre-christian traditions in Bucharest. According to pre-christian traditions, fairies, called in Romanian Sanziene, come to earth around the summer solstice bringing fertility to land and beings for the coming summer. (AP PhotoVadim Ghirda)
Young women dressed as summer fairies attend an event inspired by pre-christian traditions in Bucharest.

According to pre-christian traditions, fairies, called in Romanian 'Sanziene', come to earth around the summer solstice bringing fertility to land and beings for the coming summer.

(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
Young Belarusians jump over a campfire on Ivan Kupala Day, an ancient night long celebration marking the Summer Solstice, the shortest night of the year, near the village of Vasilevichi, some 160 km (100 miles) west of Minsk, late Saturday, July 6, 2013. Ivan Kupala or St. Johns Day or Midsummer Day, is a traditional carnival, which centers around a bonfire with plenty of food and dancing. (AP PhotoSergei Grits)
Young Belarusians jump over a campfire on Ivan Kupala Day, an ancient night long celebration marking the Summer Solstice, the shortest night of the year, near the village of Vasilevichi, some 160 km (100 miles) west of Minsk, late Saturday, July 6, 2013.

Ivan Kupala or St. John's Day or Midsummer Day, is a traditional carnival, which centers around a bonfire with plenty of food and dancing.

(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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Because the southern hemisphere is south of the equator, its summer solstice is celebrated in December. Pictured here, Quechua indigenous spiritual guides hold their hands toward Titicaca Lake during a ceremony marking the solstice on the Isla del Sol Dec. 21, 2012.(AP PhotoJuan Karita)
Because the southern hemisphere is south of the equator, its summer solstice is celebrated in December.

Pictured here, Quechua indigenous spiritual guides hold their hands toward Titicaca Lake during a ceremony marking the solstice on the Isla del Sol Dec. 21, 2012.

(AP Photo/Juan Karita)
China does things a little differently to celebrate the years longest day.A dog waits to be sold for meat in a market in Yulin, in southern Chinas Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Residents in the southern Chinese city thats come under fire for an annual summer solstice festival in which thousands of dogs are slaughtered for food have held their feasts early to avoid attention. (AP PhotoHumane Society International)
China does things a little differently to celebrate the year's longest day.

A dog waits to be sold for meat in a market in Yulin, in southern China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Residents in the southern Chinese city that's come under fire for an annual summer solstice festival in which thousands of dogs are slaughtered for food have held their feasts early to avoid attention.

(AP Photo/Humane Society International)
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