First Day of Winter 2017

First Day of Winter 2017


When is the First Day of Winter 2017?

Though there are many online tools available to know by yourself when the first day of winter 2017 will arrive, we have compiled here the related information on the winter solstice and its exact timings in different time zones of the world for your ready reference. After the still season of fall, Winter inspires shift in season and shift to mixed moods. While some get excited with the idea of onset of ice skiing and ice skating sports and warming up by a fire and heralding of Christmas and New Year, there happens to be worries of dry and cooler weather salient with extremely frigid and rude temperatures drop- down with wild chilled winds. Astronomically, the Sun reaches its southernmost on this first day of winter solstice 2017.

While the beginning of the winter is on 21st of December, the exact date varies due to time differences between 21st and 22nd of December across the world. The day is the shortest as well the darkest day of the year as the duration between the sun rise and the sun set is the most minimized one.In this article you will get the winter solstice date, time, facts, folklore, and more.

First Day of Winter 2016

Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice 2017

Let check the Winter Solstice of Northern Hemisphere (North America, Central America, Europe, Asia, and Northern Africa) beginning in the different time zones of the world:

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First Day of Winter 2017 will begin on:

  • 22nd December 2017 at 4.48 hours as per UTC
  • 21st December 2017 at 23.48 hours as per EST
  • 22nd December 2017 at 12.48 hours as per AWTS – Australian Western Standard Time

This event of seasonal shift is observed in many parts of world linked with some or other celebration or festival. Due to earth’s tilted orbit, its hemispheres keep on shifting places and shifts in receiving the sunlight. At the Winter Solstice or on the first day of winter, the Northern Hemisphere is furthest from the Sun.

The term Solstice is derived from Latin words sol meaning sun and sisto meaning stop which indicates the stopping of sun from moving towards south to change position towards north from next day. We have shared further some facts on first day of winter 2017 for Southern Hemisphere.

Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice 2017

The winter solstice in Northern Hemisphere is known as December Solstice while in Southern Hemisphere it is popular as June Solstice. The June month and day 21st marks the first day of winter 2017 in the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, South America and Southern Africa).

Beginning of June Solstice or first day of winter 2017 in Southern Hemisphere:

  • 21st June 2017 at 16.38 hours UTC

As the traditions and festival goes with December solstice in Northern Hemisphere, so it is with the June Solstice in Southern Hemisphere too. Since ages, the June Solstice which is winter in Southern and summer solstice in Northern hemisphere has inspired numerous festivals celebrations and religious rituals in different countries. 21st June will be shortest day of the year for the Southern Hemisphere countries. The date keeps on varying every year from 21st to 23rd June. Similarly, you can check the 2017 holidays calendar of Australia to know when is the pubic and school holidays in their country.

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To express in a nutshell, the first day of winter or winter solstice is the sun-stopping’. We have also updated informative posts on many other facets of equinox 2017, summer equinox, first day of the spring 2017 and winter solstice 2017, first day of autumn, summer 2017 and winter solstice 2017. Keep visiting us for tracking the beginnings or ends and shifts of the seasons and significant astronomical and seasonal phenomena and their cultural and religious significance. You can get ready reference of the exact date and time of the first day of winter 2017 in different time zones and for both hemispheres of the world.

Vernal Equinox 2018 Dates & Time



Vernal Equinox 2018 Dates |Timings | Definitions

Equinox is an astronomical event happening twice in a year; during spring season and secondly during fall. We have presented here a brief overview on Vernal Equinox 2018 and hope you all will find it very informative and interesting. Vernal Equinox will also be the first day of spring 2018. The spring season will make its onset on the day of Vernal or Spring Equinox. We have also posted interesting info on first day of winter and first day of fall. Our site will be guiding you to know the first days of all seasons and timings of all equinoxes and solstices. The two yearly equinoxes occur around 21st March and 23rd September with slight variations in dates according to the time zones of your city or country. However, the vernal equinox 2018 will be happening on 20th March 2018, Sunday at 4.31 UTC.

The Earth’s equator plane passes the center of the Sun on Equinox or the center of the sun is exactly overhead the Earth’s equator. The Earth’s tilt is 0 degree with respect to sun and hence the day and night duration is exactly same on the day of Vernal Equinoxes. The Vernal Equinox is also known as March Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, while in Southern Hemisphere the March Equinox is a fall equinox. While the countries of Northern Hemisphere are having spring time, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Argentina and South Africa are observing Autumnal Equinox in March. Even, Spring 2018 equinox was given before in case if you are looking to know the dates of it.An equinox is the moment in which the plane of Earth’s equator passes through the center of the Sun, which occurs twice each year and in march month.

vernal equinox 2018

What is Vernal Equinox | Vernal Equinox in 2018

The term vernal might be bit confusing and ambiguous as it is derived from the two latin terms ver and autumnus; meaning spring and autumn. The reason is apparently the opposite seasonal changes in the different hemispheres of the earth.

Here are the timings and dates of the first day or spring or Vernal Equinox 2018 worldwide according to different time zones:

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Northern Hemisphere Vernal Equinox 2018

(USA, Central America, Canada, Europe, Northern Africa and Asia)

  • UTC: 20th March 2018, Sunday at 4.31 AM
  • EST : 19th March 2018, Saturday at 11.30 PM
  • CDT: 19th March 2018, Saturday at 11.31 PM
  • MDT: 19th March 2018, Saturday at 10.31 PM
  • PDT: 19th March 2018, Saturday at 09.31 PM

Spring is known as season of celebrations and best time for outdoors. It symbolizes the arrival of new beings, process of reproduction and re-birth. Read on further to know some interesting beliefs and celebrations associated with the first day of spring.

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vernal equinox 2016 March

The definition of the first day of spring can be a regional one, astronomical or meteorological. The first day of spring 2018 (Northern Hemisphere) will begin on the day of vernal equinox i.e. on 20th March 2018. However the dates of the season start and end can differ according to the traditional regional beliefs. In the southern Hemisphere of the earth, Australia and New Zealand consider the 1st of September as beginning of the spring. In Ireland, 1st February is considered as beginning of spring season. It is the same day when Irish people celebrate St. Brigid’s Day. In some South Asian countries like India and others, the seasons are divided into six instead of four and hence the commencement of seasons does vary accordingly.

Speaking in astronomical terms, the vernal equinox 2018 mark the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. According to meteorological term, the start of season is defined according to the average temperatures instead of astronomical occurrences.

Visit our site for more interesting facts and figures on the first days of all seasons; namely first day of spring 2018, first day of autumn, first day of winter 2015, equinoxes and solstices. We have also shared the dates and times of the equinox and solstice for different time zones in our posts. Seasons are significant part of our life and largely affect our mood, culture, beliefs, traditions and celebrations. The biggest celebration of Christianity observed during the Vernal equinox is the Easter feast which comes after the 40-45 days of lent season. Easter marks the end of fasting days and begins joy and celebrations for the rising of Lord Jesus after his crucifixion. Vernal Equinox 2018 will also bring time for celebrations in other religions and countries like egg balancing in China, Passover feast in Jewish culture, Higan in Japan, Navroz in Iran and many others. Do not forget to check firstdayof.org to get all the latest updates regarding dates of various occasions.