Winter Solstice 2016
We have shared here date and timings of the Winter Solstice 2016 and also some interesting facts and figures on Winter Solstice. This largely observed astronomical phenomenon is also known as December Solstice which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. The Winter solstice happens in December for the Northern Hemisphere while in the month of June for the Southern Hemisphere. We will bring you the exact dates and timings of the Winter Solstice 2016 worldwide in this post for the Northern Hemisphere. After the occurrence of the winter solstice, the shift in the season takes place making the days get longer and nights shorter.
The Winter Solstice is a special moment of the year for some cultures which dates back event to the Neolithic ages. Many cultural and mythological beliefs whirl around the December Solstice. Feestdagen Nederland is also have been published for the same purpose. Get the newest calendar so you can enjoy the holidays and vacation.
Winter Solstice Celebrations
Winter Solstice 2016 for Northern Hemisphere is the day of the year with the least hours of daylight. The December solstice or Winter solstice plays a significant part in the cultures across the world. In many parts of the world, Winter Solstice is also associated with the Christmas celebrations. Though Christmas is celebrated worldwide to mark the birth of Lord Jesus, it is also believed that the date was specially chosen for Christmas to counter balance and to offset some pagan celebrations falling on the same dates in synchronization with the Winter Solstice. The ancient pagan believers celebrated the rebirth of the Sun God around the time of the December Solstice. Though it is lesser known in the world, the Winter Solstice is also very significant in the Wiccan culture.
Moreover, it is a well known fact that changes of seasons and astronomical phenomenon have always been celebrated in ancient times.
December Solstice Calendar & Timings
Mostly the winter solstice is observed on 21st or 22nd December every year. Most recently, the winter solstice was observed in 1903 and will not happen on the 23rd December till year 2303. The rarest date for the December solstice is 22nd September 2016.
Here are the exact dates and time for Winter Solstice 2016:
- Winter Solstice 2016 as per UTC – 22nd September 04.49 hours
- Winter Solstice 2015 as per EST – 21st Septemberr 23.48 hours
In Northern Hemisphere, the Winter solstice is the day of the year when the Sun is the utmost in south. It marks the first day of the winter and geographically the northern winter solstice is also know and tropic of Capricorn. However the day is the shortest day of the year following fact that the length of the time duration elapsed between the sunrise and the sunset is the minimum.
Interestingly, the modern times also celebrates some festivals which coincides with the Winter Solstice. Countries like Poland, Guatemala and Pakistan hail different parts of the world, but observe specific religious celebrations that fall around Winter solstice. The feast of St. Thomas day in Christianity is also observed on the 21st of December every year with great faith.
So was some detailing for Winter Solstice 2016 and the exact date and timings. We will also be updating on the Vernal Equinox and First day of Summer 2016 and first day of fall equinox 2016. The calculation of Winter Solstice is now done by astronomical data tracking and astronomically aligned instrument and is also possible by direct observation as the sun moves too slowly. Before inventions happened, many kinds of astronomical, ritualistic and traditional symbolic observations evolved in different cultures, some of which are still practiced while celebrating Winter Solstice or December Solstice.