When is the First Day of Winter 2016?
Though there are many online tools available to know by yourself when the first day of winter 2016 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 2016.
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.
Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice 2016
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:
First Day of Winter 2016 will begin on:
- 22nd December 2016 at 4.48 hours as per UTC
- 21st December 2016 at 23.48 hours as per EST
- 22nd December 2016 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 2016 for Southern Hemisphere.
Southern Hemisphere Winter Solstice 2016
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 2016 in the Southern Hemisphere (Australia, New Zealand, South America and Southern Africa).
Beginning of June Solstice or first day of winter 2016 in Southern Hemisphere:
- 21st June 2016 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 2016 holidays calendar of Australia to know when is the pubic and school holidays in their country.
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 2016, summer equinox, first day of the spring 2016 and winter solstice 2016, first day of autumn, summer 2016 and winter solstice 2016. 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 2016 in different time zones and for both hemispheres of the world.