Winter Solstice is one festival that is celebrated with of pomp in the month of December, in the Northern Hemisphere.

Many people are not fond of the day, as the day is very shortest and the night happens to be longest time of the year.

So, for those who get very little sunlight on usual days, find it even harder to face the long and dark nights.

The Winter Solstice 2019 is on December 22 Sunday

4 months and 29 days to go for the event

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What is Winter Solstice?

This is the day that winter starts in the northern hemisphere.

Another highlight of this day is that – it is noted to be have the shortest day in the Northern Hemisphere; whereas it has the Longest day in the Southern Hemisphere.

Why is this day so special?

Such a solstice will take place just once in every 365 days or rather in a year.

The day takes shape only once in both the hemisphere: Northern and Southern Hemisphere.

That is what makes the day so very unique.

Do you know what the term ‘Solstice’ means?

The term Solstice came from two Latin words and these are 'Sol' and also 'Sistere'.

Sol means the Sun and Sistere means a standstill position.

Significance of the Winter Solstice

On this day, which as mentioned before, happens to be the shortest day of the year. The sun will be positioned at the southern position in the Northern Hemisphere, just above the Tropic of Capricorn.

In the Southern Hemisphere, this day will have the longest day in the South.

The world will see a full moon on this day.

In 2018, the Winter Solstice will appear between December 21 and December 22.

It can be seen at about 5:23 pm on December 21st, 2018 in Canada, US, and also Latin America.

For India, it can be seen at about 3:35 a.m. on December 22nd, 2018

In short, this can be seen around the world for a period of 24 hours.

The Winter Solstice festival dates between 2016 & 2026

YearDate
2016Wednesday, 21st of December
2017Thursday, 21st of December
2018Saturday, 22nd of December
2019Sunday, 22nd of December
2020Monday, 21st of December
2021Tuesday, 21st of December
2022Thursday, 22nd of December
2023Friday, 22nd of December
2024Saturday, 21st of December
2025Sunday, 21st of December
2026Tuesday, 22nd of December

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