The Solstice

When is the Solstice?

  • The Winter Solstice in the UK is on Thursday 22nd December 2011 at 5.30 AM, however it is in the middle of July if your in Australia!

What is the Solstice?

  • The Solstice is the day with the shortest day and the longest night and marks the middle of winter. It is the last day before the days start to lengthen towards summertime. It is caused by the tilt of the earth away from the same.
  • Many cultures around the world perform solstice ceremonies driven by an ancient fear that the failing light would never return unless humans intervened with celebration and ceremony.


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The Winter Solstice is the shortest day, and longest night of the year.