Winter solstice: All you need to know about the shortest days of the year and the longest nights

Winter solstice: All you need to know about the shortest days of the year and the longest nights

New Delhi: Today marks the beginning of the winter solstice, which marks the beginning of Christmas and New Year celebrations worldwide. The world today will witness a rare astronomical event that is going to happen 800 years later. December 21 will be the shortest day of 2020, and the night will be the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, winter solstice usually occurs between 19 and 23 December. This year, today is December 21 (Monday). The seasonal significance of winter solstice is in contrast to the increasing night and shortening of the day.

Very few people have witnessed this astronomical event in their lifetime. That is why it is called great addition. Jupiter and Saturn will be seen very close to each other in the evening, according to the US space agency NASA. At the time of this event, the distance of Jupiter from Earth will be about 5,924 units of astronomy and the distance of Saturn will be 10.825 units of astronomy. The two planets will certainly look very close but will actually be 73 million km (733860864 km) away from each other.

What is winter solstice?
It marks the beginning of winter solstice, festivals and ceremonies, also known as Himel ionization or Hibernal ionization. This happens when one of the poles of the earth is tilted the most from the sun.

Winter vacation-
Below is a list of globally marked holidays, on the day of the winter solstice:

– Alban Earth (Welsh)
– Blue Christmas (Holiday) (West Christian)
– Brumalia (Ancient Rome)
– Dangji Festival (East Asia)
– Korochun (Slavic)
– Sanghamitta Day (Theravada Buddhism)
– Shalako (Zuni)
– Yalda (Iran)
– Yule (Neopagan) in the Northern Hemisphere
– Jimasvetki (Ancient Latvia)
– Mid-winter days (Antarctica)

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