Amidst our farewell to longer daylight hours and the anticipation of winter's magic, India braces for the longest night and the shortest day of the year—a celestial occurrence known as the Winter Solstice.
Observed annually on either December 21 or December 22, this event symbolises a profound shift in seasons.
What exactly is the #WinterSolstice?— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) December 21, 2023
It's the moment when the Northern Hemisphere is tilted farthest from the Sun, causing the shortest day and longest night of the year.
After today, days will be longer and nights shorter until the summer solstice in June. (Hooray!) pic.twitter.com/C5UA1QmlZg
Historically, the solstice bears immense cultural significance and is steeped in myths and traditions.
Ancient structures such as Stonehenge and Newgrange are aligned with the sunrise or sunset of this day, underscoring its paramount importance to our ancestors.
The winter solstice signifies the northern hemisphere's minimum point, marking the Sun's lowest position in the sky.
In India, the winter solstice occurred on December 22 at 8:57 am, offering approximately 7 hours and 14 minutes of daylight, making it the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.