Summer solstice marks the first official day of the season when the sun reaches its northernmost point in the sky. It is also the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the solstice generally occurs between June 20 and 22. This year, the official first day of summer started from June 20 at 11:32 p.m. EDT. The shortest day of the year, known as the winter solstice, occurs between Dec. 20 and 22.

In the Southern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs on Dec. 21 or 22.

The word "solstice" is from the Latin "solstitium" from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop), which means the sun is standing still. It literally means “furthest or culminating point; a turning point.”

Summer starts from this day and goes on until equinox. On this day, the sun does not set in the Arctic Circle. Daylight will be present 24 hours from June 19 to June 21.

To celebrate the new season, here are some quotes collected from Good Reads to share with all sun lovers:

1. “Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.” ― Kahlil Gibran

2. “And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. “Summer is the annual permission slip to be lazy. To do nothing and have it count for something. To lie in the grass and count the stars. To sit on a branch and study the clouds.” ― Regina Brett

4. “The days were longer then (for time, like money, is measured by our needs), when summer afternoons were spacious, and the clock ticked slowly in the winter evenings.” ― George Eliot, “Middlemarch”

5. “It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” ― Maud Hart Lovelace, “Betsy-Tacy and Tib”

6. “The days draw out, the weather gets warmer, and it's what we call summer, with a bitter laugh when we've said it.” ― Stan Barstow, “A Kind of Loving”

7. “Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.” ― Russell Baker

8. “A single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows.” ― St. Francis of Assisi

9. “I am summer, come to lure you away from your computer... come dance on my fresh grass, dig your toes into my beaches.” ― Oriana Green

10. “Summer's lease hath all too short a date.” ― William Shakespeare, “Shakespeare’s Sonnets”

11. “Summer afternoon -- summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James

12. “Summer bachelors, like summer breezes, are never as cool as they pretend to be.” – Nora Ephron

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Revellers welcome in the Summer Solstice at Stonehenge stone circle in southwest Britain, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville