This photo by Thierry Legault shows the International Space Station as it crosses the face of the sun!
Of course, thousands gathered to welcome the sun this morning at Stonehenge. Although scientists and anthropologists are still not certain why it was built, the alignment on the solstices would be something to see (yes, I would love to be there!).
In North America, many Native American tribes held ritual dances to honor the sun. The Sioux were known to hold one of the most spectacular rituals. Usually performed during the June solstice, preparations for the dance included cutting and raising a tree that would be considered a visible connection between the heavens and Earth, and setting up teepees in a circle to represent the cosmos. Participants abstained from food and drink during the dance itself. Their bodies were decorated in the symbolic colors of red (sunset), blue (sky), yellow (lightning), white (light), and black (night). (information found here)
However you choose to celebrate the day, it most certainly tells those of us who live in the "Sunny" South that hot and muggy days are ahead. It's probably a good time to locate a good place to go swimming when the heat becomes unbearable. Happy Solstice!