Summer solstice celebrated by floating lanterns in Pozna, Poland

Watch the video of thousands of floating lanterns released on the summer solstice in Pozna, Poland.

The 2011 Summer solstice was celebrated by the release of an estimated 11,000 floating lanterns in the city of Pozna, Poland.

Solstice revelers gathered to set a new record for the floating lights. Much of Europe has banned the activity because of risk of wildfire and concern for farm animals that accidentally eat the paper lantern’s wire frame, according to the site ecorazzi.com.

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, the June solstice is the longest day of the year and marks the beginning of summer, with early dawns, long days, late sunsets, and short nights. Meanwhile, south of the equator, solstice marks when winter begins.

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