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What if Persephone was a willing participant rather than a pitiful victim? What if Hades wasn’t such a bad guy after all?

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Protesters march during a May Day demonstration outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in San Francisco, California, on May 1st, 2017. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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One hundred and thirty-two feathers assembled in 28 wing sections were a major part of the WI brief. They also built a 15m wide ‘eye circle’ rigged behind the head of a huge inflatable Gaia; two arches positioned behind two scenic owls flanking the Gaia and four bracelets to support the Gaia’s arms...

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These two circular structures probably had a flat roof with an circular opening. Authors say that a bright spot of light would fall on the floor along with its shadow. By interpreting this image and shadow, Dholavira people could exactly find out the days of summer and winter solstice and using their staircase calendar, would know about the month, phase of the moon and the day.

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Photo essay: Sun lovers on the solstice. A group of 18 paddleboarders took to the lake to celebrate the special morning. Photo by Bob King.

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Why does a man carry a glove on a stick around Exeter city centre once a year?

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Nīnas kaķēni un Co: jūnijs 2012

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The sun beamed down last Tuesday when Aisling Curtin and Trish Leonard were married at Mount Druid before their 120 guests. This was just as well as they had a summer solstice festival-themed wedding planned, and their wedding party wore sunny shades of orange and yellow to reflect that. Aisling explained: "We are spending the night before together, and are getting married in an unconsecrated tin chapel. We will walk down the aisle together, because as feminists, we don't want the tradition o

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(CHRIS J RATCLIFFE / AFP/Getty Images) Revelers touch a stone and chant in the stone circle as they celebrate the pagan festival of Summer Solstice at Stonehenge in Southern England.

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Participants are seen during the Nude Solstice Swim, as part of the Dark Mofo winter festival, in the River Derwent in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Photograph: Rob Blakers / EPA

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Summer sosltice in the Duomo (Florence)

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Your guide to hosting a summer solstice women’s circle... Photo: Lani Trock for Ashley Neese

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Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham. A spectator, right, enjoys watching some young girls try whipping around hula hoops at Summer Solstice 2016 in Rockland.

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Day health client Prince Tevaga entertains the crowd during Hale Makua’s May Day with a Samoan fire dance on the front lawn at the Kahului campus.

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The Serpent Mound Solstice Celebration will end with an hour of silence around the coils of the serpent. During this contemplative time, you can watch the setting sun slowly descend toward the horizon directly in front of the serpent’s gaze.

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A May Day demonstrator warns against the dangers of climate change during a 2017 May Day rally in Union Square. (Getty Images)

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The City of Zachary, Louisiana, ushered in spring with residents and community groups during the Maypole Celebration held Saturday at the historic Train Depot.

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The myth of Persephone and Hades isn’t just an allegory for the seasons. To me, it’s a myth about womanhood, and about the conflicting desires women experience as they leave their families and establish their own lives as sexual beings. It’s also an allegory for motherhood, both a cautionary tale about the dangers of holding on to your children and a richly evocative picture of what it’s like to let those children go.

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New play by Ran Xia: Persephone gets snatched to the underworld, but the place isn't really what she expected. Hades has his own problems to deal with as well, especially when the memory archive is at capacity with the refugees pouring into the world of the dead.

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People relax and chat near a dummy made of grass as they celebrate Ivana Kupala holiday in Pyrohiv outdoor Museum of Folk Architecture and Life of Ukraine on July 6. Photo by Volodymyr Petrov.

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May Garland with doll, from Hone’s Every-Day Book, illustration probably by Cruikshank

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Wearing the traditional embroidered clothing known as vyshyvanka, women float wreathes on Ivana Kupala Day. (Photo: Twitter /John J Brumer‏)

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Placing wreaths in the river is a form of midsummer divination. The wreaths are said to float to beloved ones. Photo: Siarhei Leskiec.

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Summer solstice with @secretyogaclub . . . . . . . . . #summersolstice #yoga #summernights #altar #hope #joy #mothernature #offerings #sunflowers #grattitude

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Sanata Barabar Summer Solstice Parade (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)

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(TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP/Getty Images) People take part in the 15th annual Times Square yoga event celebrating the Summer Solstice in New York. The event marked the international day of yoga.

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Young people jump over a bonfire as they take part in the Ivan Kupala Night celebration, a traditional Slavic holiday, outside the small town of Turov, on July 6, 2016. SERGEI GAPON—AFP/Getty Images

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Summer solstice to shine on first Hiellen pole-raising in 200 years - Haida Gwaii Observer

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In celebration of the solstice, the Conservatory of Flowers will be lit up with psychedelic colors inspired by the Summer of Love. Photo: Courtesy Of Obscura Digital

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Biddys Day Parade at Killorglin, Ireland, Killorglin

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To commemorate what would have been Allen Ginsberg's 91st birthday, we're revisiting the Beat poet's epic poem, 'King of May,' or 'Kral Majales'.

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Oregon Symphony performed Stravinsky's Persephone May 13-15, 2017, featuring Michael Curry's design and staging. Here he describes the production.

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The tradition began 16 years ago after the installation of Christopher Janney’s “Passing Light” in the longterm parking structure at San Antonio International Airport. Janney outlined the pattern the sun’s shadow made on the concrete floor at 2 p.m. during the 2000 summer solstice, then created a skylight to match. At 2 p.m. on the solstice each year, the light and grid align for 90 seconds... and every year, Catherine Cisneros performs a celebratory, improvised dance.

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Midsummer 2016 in Lidingö Stockholm

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Used_Bandaid on Twitter: Cool down sketch. #hades #persephone #LoreOlympus

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Keith Douthart from Ballycastle is looking forward to selling the traditional delicacies of dulse and Yelloman at the Auld Lammas Fair.

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In summer, Chinese likes to eat cold noodles. On June 21st, people across the Northern hemisphere celebrate the longest day and shortest night of the year, but residents of China also observe an ancient tradition—eating noodles!?The old saying really sums it up: “the days start to get shorter after eating noodles” chī guò xià zhì miàn ,yī tiān duǎn yī xiàn 。 吃过夏至面, 一天短一线。

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People they take part in the Ivan Kupala festival, a traditional festival that celebrates the summer solstice, in the town of Turov, Belarus July 7, 2017. — Reuters pic

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Lily Kwong uses 13,000 flowers to transform the High Line for the summer solstice

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People take part in an ancient pagan ceremony celebrating the summer solstice near the village of Glubokovo, 80 kilometres east of Moscow. The pagan ritual is believed to be one of the oldest in the world. Photo: Andrei BORODULIN, AFP

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The ESA/NASA SOHO solar observatory has been staring at the sun since 1995. This montage of images shows SOHO's view of the sun at different ultraviolet wavelengths in the early morning of 21 June, corresponding to solar material at a range of temperatures.

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Sibyl Kempson, 12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens, Summer Solstice, June 20, 2016, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Photograph © Paula Court (12 Shouts to the Ten Forgotten Heavens is a three-year iterative performance project by American playwright, director, and performer Sibyl Kempson with her theater company, 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. Presented at the Whitney on twelve occasions, 12 Shoutswill mark each solstice and equinox occurring between March 2016 and December 2018

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An expeditioner stationed at Australia's Davis Antartic Station taking the plunge to celebrate the winter solstice. Photograph: Robert Bonney/ AFP / Australian Antartic Division

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(Art & Poem) Summer Solstice by Sudie Rakusin & Annie Finch

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Reclaiming, a Bay Area pagan group, celebrate the solstice every year at Ocean Beach. Photo by Michael Short.

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GAIA one act ballet Music by Hekel Tavares Choreographer, Costume Designer and Lighting Designer: Ricardo Amarante Assistant Choreographer: Kazbek Akhmediarov

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I am GAIA, storyteller of natures deepest secrets and mysterious tales. Do you need entertainment for your next childrens event? Call 330 237-9977

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With muscular thighs, a rock in her fist and arms braced to hurl it at police, fitness instructor Caterina Ciarcelluti earned the nickname "Wonder Woman" after Federico Parra's May 1 photo of her.

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Oregon Symphony’s ‘Persephone’ featured striking design by Oregon’s Michael Curry. Photo: Brud Giles.

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Drum Major and senior Arushus Coleman leads the Normandy Marching Band on Sunday, May 21, 2017, during the Annie Malone May Day Parade. The parade is the oldest and second largest African-American parade in the nation. Photo by Laurie Skrivan.

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