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December Solstice

December Solstice

The December solstice, also known as the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, is an astronomical event that occurs annually around December 21st. It marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and the longest day and shortest night of the year in the Southern Hemisphere.

The December solstice occurs because of the tilt of the Earth’s axis, which causes different parts of the planet to receive different amounts of sunlight throughout the year. During the December solstice, the North Pole is tilted the farthest away from the sun, which results in the fewest hours of daylight for the Northern Hemisphere.

The December solstice is an important cultural and spiritual event for many people around the world. In many cultures, it is seen as a time of renewal and rebirth, and it is often associated with festivals, feasts, and rituals that celebrate the changing of the seasons and the natural world.

For example, the ancient Romans celebrated Saturnalia, a festival of lights and feasting, around the time of the December solstice. In many Native American cultures, the December solstice is marked by traditional ceremonies, dances, and songs that honour the natural world and the cycle of life.

Today, many people still celebrate the December solstice in various ways, such as by lighting candles, holding feasts, and gathering with loved ones to mark the turning of the seasons and the coming of the new year.


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