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Winter Solstice, 22 December 2018

Winter Solstice, 22 December 2018

The winter solstice, an astrological phenomenon, refers to the shortest day and the longest night in the northern hemisphere of the Earth in a year. In this, the Earth’s northern hemisphere is furthest away from the direct in-line rays of the sun, while the southern hemisphere is the closest or has the most direct sun rays. In other words, the North Pole is at the furthest away point and the South Pole is at the closest point to the Sun rays. Earth’s tilt is at about 23.4 degrees relative to the Sun, on the orbital plane.

As mentioned above, winter solstice accounts for the shortest daylight time and the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. In the southern hemisphere, it is the opposite at this time of the year. It is the summertime in the southern hemisphere.

The date of the northern hemisphere winter solstice is almost the same every year. It just varies between the 21st or the 22nd of December every year. For example, winter solstice date in 2013, 2016, 2017 was the 21st of December, whereas, it was the 22nd of December in years 2014, 2015. 

The word solstice comes from two Latin words ‘Sol’ and ‘sistere’. Sol means the Sun and sistere means out of standing or to come to a stop, standstill. 

Depending on where you live in the northern hemisphere, this is one of the coldest days. Around this time, it normally marks a winter season festivity. In some parts of the world or regions in the northern hemisphere, the northern hemisphere winter solstice is regarded as the start of the real winter. However, this also depends on the seasonal pattern of the particular region, country or area.

2018’s northern hemisphere winter solstice on the 22nd of December is also marked by other important events Dattatreya Jayanti, and the full moon night called the Cold Moon. Both, Dattatreya Jayanti and the full moon, Poornima, have great significance in the Indian and Nepalese spirituality, belief, religion, and the auspicious time systems. 

We wish all natives a Happy Winter Solstice. 

 

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