Every year, Winter Solstice falls on 21st December. This day marks the shortest day of the year and the longest night in the Northern Hemisphere and the longest day and shortest night in the Southern Hemisphere. And Winter Solstice 2018 is interesting in its own right.
Duration of the day-
The shortest day of the year will just be 9 hours, 53 minutes, and 21 seconds long. The sunrise is at 8:02 am and the sunset is at 5:23 pm.
What’s so special about Winter Solstice 2018?
The Winter Solstice 2018 has two special occurring- Full Moon & Ursid Meteor Shower
Full Cold Moon-
The last full moon of the year, also known as the Full Cold Moon falls on December 22nd. However, it will be as brighter and as bigger as the full moon itself on December 21st. This is the first time a full moon has coincided with winter solstice since 2018 and the next one will be at 2096. No wonder, it’s a special occurrence.
Ursid Meteor Shower-
The Urshid Meteor Shower starts around !7th December and lasts till 24th-25th December. This year, along with a full moon illuminating the sky at the longest night of the year, Urshid meteor showers will make it extra special with 5-10 meteors per hour.
A moonlight dinner with the ocassional greetings of the shower. Doesn’t that seem like a perfect idea to celebrate this beautiful coincidence/occurance?
With the nights gradually getting shorter, and days getting longer, it also holds a significance of light overpowering darkness. And provides a time for us to reflect on things and make plansto move forward. No wonder, different tribes and communities around the world celebrate this day with rituals, gatherings, and festivals.
In India, Makar Sakranti is celebrated on January to mark the onset of longer days and warmer weather and the auspicious time for starting new things and deepening the bond in relationships.
While Winter Solstice 2018 marks the shortest day of the year and the beginning of longer days, it doesn’t mean that the climate will start getting warmer. In fact, the coldest days of the season follows after the winter solstice. So, stay tight and keep yourself warm.