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Winter solstice

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Lawrence Hall of Science visitors observe sunset on the day of the winter solstice using the Sunstones II.

Significance Astronomically marks the beginning of shortening nights and lengthening days

Celebrations Festivals, spending time with loved ones, feasting, singing, dancing, fires

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Date

Between December 21 and December 23 (NH)

Frequency Twice a year (once in the northern hemisphere, once in the southern hemisphere, six months apart)

Related to Winter festivals and the solstice Winter solstice in Northern Hemisphere over Asia

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The Winter solstice (or hibernal solstice), also known as midwinter, is an astronomical phenomenon marking the day with the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere this is the December solstice and in the Southern Hemisphere this is the June solstice.