Winter Solstice

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2021 DateDecember 21, 2021
2022 DateDecember 21, 2022
Beginning of Winter (Winter Solstice)

Winter Solstice History

The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year as the Northern Hemisphere is angled the farthest away from the Sun on this day. The Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere happens every year around December 21 or 22.

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Beginning of Winter (Winter Solstice) Facts

  • On the Winter Solstice, there are 24 hours of sunlight in the Antarctic Circle, and 24 hours of darkness in the Arctic Circle.
  • Many pagan rituals have revolved around the Winter Solstice. The short days and long hours of darkness prompted rituals intended to lure the Sun back.
  • The Mayan calendar ended on the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2012.
  • 10 inches of snow melt down into only 1 inch of rain.

Winter Solstice Top Events and Things to Do

  • Eat more Vitamin-D rich foods to balance out the lack of sunlight.
  • Light some candles and enjoy the early evening.
  • Finish some last minute Christmas shopping.
  • Purchase a Christmas tree. Tip: For a more environmentally friendly Christmas, purchase a Live trees in a burlap root sack that can be planted after the holiday.
  • Watch the lunar eclipse which happens within several days of the winter solstice.

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