Winter Solstice in Michigan.
❄️ Happy Winter Solstice! ❄️
The winter solstice for the Northern Hemisphere this year occurs today, Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 10:59 a.m. EST. It’s officially winter time.
But – what is winter solstice and why does it matter?
The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words sol (Sun) and sistere (to stand still) meaning during the solstice, the angle between the Sun’s rays and the Earth’s equator appears to stand still.
Winter Solstice is astronomical moment when the Sun reaches the Tropic of Capricorn and we have our shortest day and longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere in terms of daylight. The solstice only lasts a few moments and it marks the official start of winter.
The good news is that starting at this moment, day light will last longer each day and will continue to do so until we reach the summer solstice in June and a new cycle begins.
Over the centuries, winter solstice has played an important role in many cultures across the globe.
Do you celebrate winter solstice? Leave me a comment below and let me know.