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First Day of Winter


Winter solstice

Celebration

Description

The winter solstice, also called the hibernal solstice, occurs when either of Earth's poles reaches its maximum tilt away from the Sun. This happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere. Wikipedia

Also called: Midwinter; the Shortest Day; the Longest Night

Date: Thursday, December 21, 2023

Celebrations: Festivals, spending time with loved ones, feasting, singing, dancing, fires

Related to: Winter festivals

Significance: Astronomically marks the beginning of lengthening days and shortening nights.

At 10:27 PM (EST) on December 21, 2023, the winter solstice will be celebrated.


The winter solstice will be observed in India on December 22 at 8:57 AM.


The shortest day of the year will occur in the Northern Hemisphere during the day, with roughly 7 hours and 14 minutes of daylight.

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