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PIX: Celebrating the summer solstice with yoga and dancing

June 23, 2014 16:27 IST

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People all over the world have found a way to celebrate the time of the year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator with song, dancing and some yoga.

The summer solstice occurs when the Earth tilts 23.5 degrees on its axis and the northern hemisphere is directly facing the sun.

The summer solstice happens just once every year.

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Image: People practice yoga in Times Square as part of a Summer Solstice celebration in New York
Photographs: Eric Thayer/Reuters

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Revellers perform yoga as they celebrate the summer solstice on Salisbury Plain in southern England.

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Photographs: Kieran Doherty/Reuters

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A woman practices yoga in Times Square as part of a Summer Solstice celebration in New York.

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A reveller hugs one of the stones as she celebrates the summer solstice on Salisbury Plain in southern England.

Stonehenge is a celebrated venue of festivities during the summer solstice - the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere - and it attracts thousands of revellers, spiritualists and tourists. Druids, a pagan religious order dating back to Celtic Britain, believe Stonehenge was a centre of spiritualism more than 2,000 years ago.

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Revellers dressed in Aztec costume celebrate the summer solstice on Salisbury Plain in southern England.

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A reveller creates bubbles as she celebrates the summer solstice on Salisbury Plain in southern England.

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Revellers perform yoga as they celebrate the summer solstice on Salisbury Plain, in southern England.

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Photographs: Kieran Doherty/Reuters

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People take part in the Ivan Kupala festival near the town of Oktyabrski, southeast of Minsk.

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Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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People take part in the Ivan Kupala festival near the town of Oktyabrski, southeast of Minsk.

The traditional festival celebrates the summer solstice with overnight festivities such as people singing and dancing around campfires, as they believe it will purge them of their sins and make them healthier.

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Photographs: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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People practice yoga in Times Square as part of a Summer Solstice celebration in New York.

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People celebrate the summer solstice at the Kokino megalithic observatory, near the city of Kumanovo.

The 3,800-year-old observatory was discovered in 2001 in the northwestern town of Kumanovo, north from Skopje, and is ranked as the fourth oldest observatory in the world, according to NASA.

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Photographs: Ognen Teofilovski/Reuters

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A woman practices yoga in Times Square as part of a Summer Solstice celebration in New York


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